Taken By Shadows
This thing carved you out of yourself bit by bit,
shaking us from your mind like loose change
to spin and skitter away from the person we knew.
And when it crept up on us and we had to admit,
that perhaps you were acting somewhat strange,
but it was already too late to bring you back.
There was this stranger, this woman instead of you,
and somewhere behind us you’d slipped through the cracks.
A San-san for NaPoWriMo Day Fourteen and also for the Open Link night at the DVerse Poets Pub.
For those of you who haven’t seen the tag ‘sharetheorange’ on twitter, Christopher Eccleston has taken part in a video for Alzheimer’s UK to raise awareness of what the disease actually does to the people who suffer from it.
It’s not an easy topic to talk about, and as someone who has a family member with Alzheimer’s, talking about it reminds me of how hard I try to ignore the effects it has had on my family and I.
You can see my post about my Grandmother and the impact her illness had here. She is the person behind today’s poem but she is also the inspiration behind a lot of my determination in life. Before her illness she pushed me to be the best I could be.
I suppose in some ways, she is in all of my poetry.