Lamentable Dementia.


Morgan Stanley, Epping Forest

Fisher Dogger Bight.

Cream Teas, cottage cheese

What has happened to my sight?

I had a boat the Mary Ellen

She sailed the seven seas

We braved the ocean regularly

We relished every breeze.

I sometimes think I had a wife

Whose name was Rosa May.

I’m not bitter-I enjoyed my life

But my memory has gone away.

Who are you? Why are you here?

Losing my mind is what I fear.


©Alison Jean Hankinson

This is for d’Verse open link night, and is dedicated to the people who reside at Rimu Park, Radius residential care home in Whangarei, where I used to take the students to read to the older folk.

Dementia is a cruel disease in so many ways. You have to try to build up the picture of a persons life from fragments of story. I think this is what dad would be like if he ever ended up with dementia. He sailed his boat for as long as he could after he lost his bosun and has now moved on to caravans, but the shipping forecast with its wonderful array of places was always waited for and listened to.



Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

21 thoughts on “Lamentable Dementia.”

  1. I so relate to this poem after watching my mother slowly lose her memories due to Alzheimer’s, before she totally slipped away into her own mind. It is heartbreaking having a loved one going through this.

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    1. Yes and when you visit the care homes their loved ones visit and hold hands and listen to their stories and then the visits are forgotten in a flicker to give way to some distant recollection of a moment long gone.


  2. This is a haunting write. Thank you for shaing the photos of your dad and daughter, Ellen. The slipping away….that is the very difficult process to watch, even as the person sits beside you.

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