"The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Seize the Day

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.)

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