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02-APR-2015 Carol J Phipps

Alzheimer Falls

Both of us knew there were falls downstream
as our love boat left the port.
He charmed me with music, coaxed me by saying
the trip would be sweet, if short.

"Carpe Diem," was his mantra then,
my heart was easy to win.
We drifted and dreamed on the lambent stream
as he played on his violin.

We moved at an ever-increasing speed.
He said, "Don't worry, my dear.
The scenery is lush, the sky is still blue.
There’s truly nothing to fear."

So, full of hope, he smiled and he played
as we were swept round a bend.
Before we knew it we were over the edge,
tumbling end over end.

Yes, though we knew there was trouble ahead,
we didn't know its name.
And yes, our love survived the falls,
but nothing is now the same.

--Elaine Parker Akin

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Joyce Oliver 29-Aug-2018 19:26
This is truly beautiful! I saw you all on the love boat both before and after the Alzheimers Falls. Your love for one another modeled God's love for us. I am grateful for you both!
Guest 10-Aug-2018 19:09
Strong image that conveys exactly how this illness effects our loved ones and ourselves as we ride this journey with them. Kathy
Nancy 05-Aug-2018 05:28
I’m crying now! You took a chapter from our day to day. Why do I want to thank you !?
Karen 23-Jul-2018 02:40
What a vivid and visual poetic description. The photo matches it well.
Jola Dziubinska20-Jul-2018 20:23
Beautiful poem. V.
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