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The old man shuffles down the long corridor of the nursing home Doffing his hat to the wheel chair bound blind lady Offering a mumbled “Good morning’ to the deaf man His sadness causing a frail birch bending of his once-oak body. more

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Invisible - ME - I AM U. C. I am the ME, faithfully working be, Household to run, the invincible one! more

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His favorite color we never knew Though I thought that is was blue He loved to joke with everyone Now he passed that down to his son more

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Mother clipped my sisters down to size. Dust whirled at the heels of small spirits flighting, So I stepped lightly after, reeling in my own hurrahs, before they’d call her scanner eyes my way. more

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A bather, a baker, a yummy meal maker. A caregiver is this and more. Just how much does a caregiver do? It’s impossible to try to keep score! more

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Grandma,Who are you talking to, When you are trying to walk out of the door, Against the strength of people trying to restrain you? more

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I read him poetry, and he cries. He’s eighty two and has Alzheimer’s more

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There is a story to be told in my retirement community. It is a story of love. It isn’t puppy love, young love or the many-splendored love of years past. It is lasting love: love over time. Not sexual, but simply love of each other as partners. more

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How Can I Thank you You are special I will still love you more

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I think of thee and the way you used to be. Your sense of humor and caring words now gone from your memory. more

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It is out of compassion that I go, Yet a role delegated by marriage. Committed to another’s well being, Oblivious of the coming disparage. more

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He sits in his chair and he thinks His brain is hurt from the strokes he’s had. He sits in his chair and he thinks Trying to figure things out on his own. more

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He’s at peace now No more struggle No more sorrow more

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I went out today. I went by myself. I looked for you. But could only see memories more

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Long cold winter nights Encircled by a frozen landscape That was magic in December And cursed by March more

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My best friend died last night. I held her hand As her life slipped into eternity Helpless to plug the dike that held back death. more

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To the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic: We've reached the age of sixty-five Our golden years are here. more

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A hedge row stitches suede sky to prairie patches. I brake for a weathered truck and read the “eat beef” bumper sticker. My pulse slows as Public Radio plays Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. more

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Confusion spreads, his people change, his world is suddenly very strange. He fights against it, holds it tight, surrounds himself with those, who make his world bright. more

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I read him poetry, and he cries. He’s eighty two and has Alzheimer’s more

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