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Remember Me

Will I go down in the annals of history?
I know not, to myself, I remain a mystery
For who would ever long remember me
When I myself cannot even recall or see

I can only guess at what I used to be like
When I was young did I smile on my bike?
In my youth did I have a wondrous dream?
Now I can only sit and hear my scream

Were you there, did you give me your affection?
I cannot dwell, my mind has no reflection
I can only recall life in glimpses and snatches
I snuff it out like all the dead matches

At least I cannot pay for all my sin
For I do not know where it did begin
For I am trapped in a shell with no meaning
I can only stare wide eyed at the empty ceiling

My body is strong but my memory is weak
But I am aware that my future lies bleak
Some say mental blindness is a trick of light
But I seek the switch of hope and fight

I smile simply to return your pleasing grace
You seem kind even if I do not recognise your face
My mind does not see you so I have no resent
Did you come today or were you a stranger sent
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Posted: May 2010
About this poem:
The terrible affliction of memory loss, either by illness or age, such a terrible thing to happen!.

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what a strong topic rob. soo many are touched by the malady, and i am touched by your insightful words. from the patient's viewpoint the words come stronger and gentler.
Hi, trurorob,
to myself, I remain a mystery...trapped in a shell with no meaning...But I seek the switch of hope and fight. Such powerful images of the ravages of mental decline within remaining awareness' glimpses and snatches. Poignantly penned. Thank you for sharing. Welcome back!
Dearest Rob,You are always and will always be in my thoughts & prayers.Dont let go Rob fight.You still have it in you.Rob, please you are a strong man and I believe you can bounce back.My very best to you dear Rob.comfort hug teddybear
one of your best!!!
Wonderful poem. Stay strong. My thoughts are always with you. Take care, my friend.
since i was 6 my mother's short term has challenged her and us, but the old stories remain clear as a crystal pool to her..thanks for this, it's a really good touch to the subject...applause
Bleak yet strong; makes me 'feel' dementia; uncomfortable to read because of its aptness.
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difficult subject Dave, yes, I am glad you saw the viewpoint!!, thanks
Beautifully written and expressed. My friend's mum had this several years prior to her death and he would shed a tear for the situation of her decline. I also remembered her being a strong woman who lived for her family and children and grandchildren. Very sad.. Thanks for the poem.
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Thank you GNJ, nice to be back!
jazzy75 captured this perfectly...and with great compassion! Well written...I really enjoyed your poem :)
Nice one rob. I've seen so much pain and happiness in memory loss. I just hope I remember the good stuff, or better still never lose it teddybear teddybear
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Thank you my friend Paloma, I am fine!
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Thanks Hedi!!, glad you liked it!
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Cheers Andrew!
Great poem,somewhat disturbing,but very interesting,nice to read something with a new subject matter.teddybear
Just found your poem love its sensitivity, this is how to writeteddybear
ahhhhh yes, you have spread that rapture within your words, so crisp and yet so beautifully centered, I thank you for sharing.
I"m glad I came today.

Shall always remember you...don't go away.....
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Thank you PinkP, I think I am just getting absentminded though!!
this poem is wonderful, sad yes ... but just one of life's facts we cannot escape
Thank you Rob for writing on a subject difficult to understand for many..your words express this so well. comfort

My Dearest Grandfather..we lost after a long illness to which he died while having a "Brainstorm"
Though I was a small child..I see the strong man who was a well respected Policeman in the "Flying squad"..and not the person who he was at the time of his passing..
My thanks..for a great write.
thumbs up angel
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Thanks Bee, i think this has touched most of us at some stage in our lives or another!
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Thank you Carol, bleak but unfortunately reality!!
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Thank you my Sunnn
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Thank you PDF!!, take care
VERY, VERY moving! Thanks Rob1
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Thank you Jazzy, my buddy!!
Awwww my friend what a beautiful write. "Will I go down in the annals of history?I know not, to myself, I remain a mystery" I wish that was a me. Somehow I have become so familiar with me. It is comforting but dreadfully boringlaugh
Only not about you, Rob - but my memory is weak!!
Memory - is stronger than a body, anyway - she is cleverer!! VMgift
hi trurorob... nicely written...but somewhere i feel a shade of a pang...have to locate it...thumbs up wine
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Thanks M!
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Thank you Tomboygirl, glad the subjects cannot always be about LUV!!!
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Thanks Redex!
Hi Rob.
You sensitivity and varied subjects never ceases to surprise me.
Well written.....Niah NZcheering
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Thank you SS, you are an angel, as you know!
Wow. Powerful write.

Ty for sharing it with us rob.

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My Aunt, God bless her, who only died a few months back lost it and it was a sad thing to see. "A shell with no meaning"...that puts it so aptly. When the mind goes so does the the essence of life. We think therefore we are. thumbs up
Poignant beyond words.

It brings to mind a comment I once read about someone suffering from dememtia: "The lights are on, but there's nobody in".

Very well written.

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