There’s something soothing about the rhymes and rhythms of poetry. They seem to take us by the hand and lead us through the inspiring words of our favorite poems.
And just like song lyrics and nursery rhymes, poems stick with you over time. In fact, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia have even been known to remember song lyrics and poems after they’re unable to rememeber much else.
So when I read this poem written by an elderly woman to her husband with dementia, my heart just melted. The poem is about all of the beautiful moments that the couple has spent together. And I couldn’t help but hope that this woman’s beautiful words were somehow able to bring her husband back—at least for a little while—to the times the couple shared together.
Read the touching poem below:
Shadows in the Dark
Take my hand and walk with me down through memory lane
Revisit places that we knew when life was just a game
Remember how we spun the bottle and stole our very first kiss
When we fell in love and how our lives were full of bliss
Remember on the beach when we wrote, “I love you in the sand.”
How tides washed our words to a far and distant land
Our big day in the Church when both we said, “I do.”
How parenting was easy after baby number two
Remember all those years we shared, the laughter and the tears
Remember how I held you to rid you of your fears
The strength we gave each other as only soul mates can
I thank the Lord for knowing you; you made me a better man
Too soon the sun is fading the world is turning grey
The cruel world of dementia is taking you away
Once your mind was active so full of joy and hope
With all the plans we had we wondered how we’d cope
The beauty of your face is fading your eyes have lost their spark
Do you see these memories too, or are they shadow in the dark.
If this poem also touched your heart, share it with your friends and loved ones!
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