Monday, November 5, 2007

Unforgettable

When one is afflicted with dementia
is there such a thing as unforgettable?
Can one remember her first love
nor the joy of having a new born son?

When Alzheimers poison the mind
Can he still sing with Nat King Cole
the song "Unforgettable"?
Or is that seem impossible?

If losing memory is part of old age
How do we preserve the memories?
How can we make the unforgettable
Truly unforgettable?


For more writings on "unforgettable", visit the Writer's Island.
For touching posts on Alzheimer's, visit Girl Gone Wild and Toddled Dredge

10 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

I wonder that too, but I think its the oldest memories that last longest?

keith hillman said...

Memories. The distant ones remain but the recent ones evaporate and disappear. Now, what was I doing?

UL said...

Oh beautiful, so full of meaning. The key is surely to live every moment as if there's no other, as if unforgettable...thank you.

Hedwyg said...

Oh, hugs to you Liza. What a provocative post. Thank you for sharing these questions.

Peace,
Hedwyg

gautami tripathy said...

Very profound questions here. You really made me pause and think....

Mary Timme said...

Memories, such fragile, stalwart things!

tumblewords said...

Thought provoking piece, to say the least...Memories are like the sun, where is it when it's invisible...

paisley said...

i come from a history of alzheimers,, and it is my greatest fear falling prey to its memory dissecting talons... being lost in a world i have never seen before...

A Pondering Pilgrim said...

I am a pastor and counselor in a community that is largely a retirement community. I have walked with many families who deal with Alzheimers. It is painful, maybe some of the deepest pain I enter.

Here is my thought on your post, which was excellent by the way. I tell people who are in deep waters that when they cannot hope they need to surround themselves with people who can hope for them. I think this is true for the one for Alzheimers, when they cannot remember they need to be surrounded by people who can remember for them - this then becomes the most precious gift you can give them as they slowly drift from this life.

Just Jen said...

This post made me think of the movie 50 dates. Drew Barrymore plays a woman who has lost her memory and she replays the same day over and over again. It's beautiful how Adam Sandler (beautiful and adam in same sentence? LOL) makes the memories for her in movies. I think of this when I think of ALS. I know a fellow blogger with ALS and I'm amazed at how she blogs and how she puts as many memories as she can down on paper so she has it to refer to. I think ALS is the scarriest thing.
Great take on this week's prompt.