by Mari McKee
A poem narrated by someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease
|Remember Me As You Walk By
Remember me, as you are now,
and the time I remembered how,
when you did not look at me with pity,
when I knew the definition of dignity
Never forget when I was whole,
in my body, mind, spirit, and soul,
remember the time when I could talk,
Don’t forget the time that I could walk.
Curse this disease that robbed me
of all of my cherished memories,
so that I no longer know you,
what could be more unjust and cruel?
Remember how I used to be,
when I could reason ably,
don’t think of me as I am today,
in the fetal position in which I lay.
No longer really alive, but not yet dead,
having to be diapered, bathed, and fed,
plaques and tangled fibers took my brain,
now I only understand and recognize pain.
When I die, do not weep,
for in God’s arms, I will sleep,
when I wake I will again be whole,
in spirit, mind, memories and soul.