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Rated: ASR · Poetry · Death · #2236845
My Dad developed dementia & went into care where he lost his dignity & eventually his life
I watched on helplessly
The decline was steep
His brilliant mind
And arms so strong
The choice to go
Not his to make
So who is responsible?
And where were they?
Would they be brave enough...
For a life to take?

We pray for mercy
To die in our sleep
But that isn't real
For those who cannot speak
With their voices lost
And their right to choose
Their terms taken away
With only one thing left to lose
What price your dignity?
To be remembered like this

His memory reverting
A childhood reclaimed
As I spoke to him
Just a boy and his dad
But he knew not me
His suspicion grew
As he asked...
“How do you know about my family?“
“I'm your son," I said

Dementia takes away more
Than just the memories
If I asked him before
Before any of this
What would he choose?
Would you choose this?
Because I know I won't
I want my daughters to see
To go with pride
And with dignity
So they won't go through
What I had to

A man who was brilliant
Condemned...yet committed no crime
Against a society
Whose compassion is misaligned
We give our pets more
Than we do our own kin
And for that we should be ashamed
As I was ashamed for him

He hated that place
Escaping three times
But only twice they brought him back
Before he was freed from his binds
I didn't know how to feel
Was it wrong to feel relief?
I wouldn't let an animal suffer
But I had to watch him
I pray you never see
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