The Tragedy of Dementia

 

The Tragedy of Dementia

 

By Elton Camp

 

What was Lora has faded away

Slowly, inexorably, irreversibly

 

Competence, intelligence, caring

Lost in a morass of tangled neurons

 

Unperceived by her in the early stages

Though all-too-evident to her family

 

“They say I can’t drive anymore

I can, but they just won’t let me”

 

Parents she wants to pay a visit

Though dead for decades now

 

Frustrating confusion interspersed

With a day or so of relative clarity

 

More and more, growing uncertainty

“Now just who did you say you are?”

 

Adults claiming to be her children

It can’t be true, but they still insist

 

She stares at one, uncomprehending

“I have a daughter with that name”

 

Finally the end, unmercifully slow

Death enveloped Lora like a fog

 


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A terrible fate
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