Love you to Timbuktu and back…

My mind has gone to Timbuktu

I’d like to meet it there

It may be buried amongst some books

In a scholarly “libraire”.


I used to know the names of towns

And fun places by the sea

But now I can’t remember where

Or what I have eaten for my tea.


I think it is still a novelty

To see you sitting here with me

Your face is strangely familiar

Your love and kindness plain to see.


You take my hand with tenderness and press it firm against your face

Somewhere my memory stirs anew and I remember your embrace.


©Alison Jean Hankinson

According to the WHO globally there are about 47 million people who have dementia, with about 9.9 million new cases each year.

This is going to be my contribution to open link night for d’Verse. With love.

Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

16 thoughts on “Love you to Timbuktu and back…”

    1. It seems to touch us all. Last year I took the school students to read and talk with people in a home in NZ, it was heartbreaking, especially the ones who were lost a long way from home. It changed my perspectives on a lot of things. There was a lovely humoured Irishman, I think this is perhaps in his voice.


  1. That is so many people that are suffering from this disease…what a shame. My heart goes out to all the people who suffer from it and their family and loved ones. I like how you wrote this in the perspective of the one who has it, Alison.

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  2. The first two lines say it all. Such a cruel cruel disease is dementia. I love the tenderness in the taking of the hand and placing it against the face. Beautiful post about a sadness that too many face.

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