Forgetmenot: A Poem About Alzheimer’s Disease

The tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease – a poem

Exegesis: Humans are sentinent, the rest of the animal kingdom is not. The tragedy is that people with Alzheimer’s disease slowly transit from being human to being a part of the rest of the animal kingdom. At the beginning they might recognise their fate; at the end that recognition belongs only to those who care for them. This poem records the transition.

Forgetmenot       Forgetmenot

I remember my country
I remember my kids
I remember my spouse
I remember my values
I remember my past
I am a human being
Forgetmenot

I forget my country
I remember my kids
I remember my spouse
I remember my values
I remember my past
I am a human being
Forgetmenot

I forget my country
I forget my kids
I remember my spouse
I remember my values
I remember my past
I am a human being
Forgetmenot

I forget my country
I forget my kids
I forget my spouse
I remember my values
I remember my past
I am a human being
Forgetmenot

I forget my country
I forget my kids
I forget my spouse
I forget my values
I remember my past
I am a human being
Forgetmenot

I forget my country
I forget my kids
I forget my spouse
I forget my values
I forget my past
I am a human being
Forgetmenot

I forget my country
I forget my kids
I forget my spouse
I forget my values
I forget my past
What is a human being
Forgetmenot

Forgotten

3 thoughts on “Forgetmenot: A Poem About Alzheimer’s Disease”

  1. I wonder if we are sentient by existing only in memories or is there something more to living even if unable to communicate in ways those around us can understand. I volunteer with some who have dementia/Alzheimer’s and sometimes communication or feeling happens through sitting with them in silence …………Just a thought????

    1. Perhaps Jo, there are other types of human communication, as between identical twins even when separated for example.
      Thanks for your comment and for taking an interest in my poetry.

      1. I do passionately believe there are, and between animals and humans. All sentient beings with this amazing gift of communication whether we choose to use it or don’t recognise it………….I just wish that the warring factions of humanity would use it with heart and compassion instead of aggression and abuse……….oops sorry, rant over!

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