Monday, 4 April 2016

31 Poems


Dementia clasps you tightly
talk of poisoned food
becomes persistent

Carers once tolerated in your bid
to remain at home are now
viewed as enemies

Food lies uneaten, even water from the tap
in your mind is a source of danger
to be avoided

you secrete uneaten food in delicate piles
first in garden, then tissue wrapped
inside the house

then  physical decline with
symptoms catastrophic in effect
You refuse hospital

daughters, doctors, nurses, carers
all try persuasion unsuccessfully until
you lapse into coma

undiagnosed, the doctor admits you
where C difficile is found
 hospital acquired infection

Your worst nightmare, hospital to you means death
your wish to die in your beloved home
sadly, cruelly denied

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