While going through some of my nursing files, I came across a poem written from the perspective of the person with Alzheimer’s. May it touch your hearts as it did mine as I was reminded that these dear ones have some form remembrance no matter how brief:
I remember you with my heart.
My mind won’t say your name.
I can’t recall where I knew you.
Who you were
Or who I was.
Maybe I grew up with you,
Or maybe we worked together.
Did we quilt together yesterday?
There’s something wrong with my memory,
But I do know you
And I do love you.
I know how you make me feel;
I remember the feelings we had together.
My HEART remembers.
It cries out in loneliness for you,
For the feeling you give me now.
Today, I’m happy that you have come.
When you leave,
My mind will not remember
That you were here
But my HEART remembers
Remembers the feeling of friendship
And love returned.
That I am less lonely
And happier today,
Because of the feeling,
Because you have come.
Please, please don’t forget me;
And please don’t stay away from me
Because of the way my mind acts.
I can still love you.
I can still feel you.
I can remember you with my heart;
And a heart memory is maybe,
The most important memory of all.