Poem: first love

your gentle touch greeted me into this world
your heart beat comforted me
your voice was familiar in this strange world
you kept me safe
your love enfolded me even before I was born

I did not have the words or concept of mother
but you were my first love
you loved me as God loves
love that just was
love unasked
love freely given
love freely received

poem: memories

This Poem is written in honor of everyone living with dementia, family, friends, and other care givers who are present with them.
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I know you will not remember me,
but you’ll remember the feeling.
All I can do is, be open to each moment,
and try to create moments of joy with you.

either I can see you as you are, or
try to hold on to the old image of you
and becoming angry or frustrated.

I choose to live in today with you,
even if you are living in yesterday,
but we get to relive it together
here and now.

all we have is this precious moment.
I choose to fill it with love.