You talk with her and watch for that rare word that brings the light.
Catch hold and savor with her any memory still bright.
You see what she has lost, years lost; she only sees the day.
Try not to mourn too much what slips away in her forgetting.
Look closer. You will see that she does not waste time regretting.
Live now. Be here with who she still is to you; seize the day.
~ Tamary Shoemaker
(Response to NaPoWriMo prompt to write a "carpe diem" or "seize the day" poem, after spending a day with a close relative suffering from Alzheimer's.)