Early signs

Seeming to be 'just forgetful'

Granddad asks his 'memory bank' Grandmother,

where and when did we meet?


She, becoming familiar with his condition

gives out a well-used sigh

followed by a well-used laugh that,

like all her laughs, flowers from the garden of her heart.


It is such a cosy sigh and, laugh,

that if all the people in the world would have heard them

they would have made a special place for them in their hearts.


'Oh! Granddad!

comes her cotton wool-ing reply,

'it was in the the 'Stone age' ( she jests )

hinting at the raged over, era, of Jagger and the boys.


She continues.

' and on that fifth day in November in nineteen sixty-five when,

because of love at first sight

and for your own safety

I just knew that I had to get you away from your narcotised so-called friends

slumped next to you on that park bench.


Granddad echoes her laugh

suddenly wondering who she is

while he retains a left-over smile.


It is such a pitiful vacant looking smile

that if all the people in the world would have seen it

they would have all drowned, in a tsunami of their own tears.







◄ Your Midas touch

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Rose Casserley

Tue 27th Oct 2020 10:22

A very good morning ( and thanks ) to you Paul.

God help the poor sufferers of this terrible disease.

Rose 💋

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Paul Sayer

Tue 27th Oct 2020 10:17

Rose, Oh! Rose, this has me in tears this morning. It is close to my own heart, it hurts me so.

Thank you for such an emotive poem.

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Rose Casserley

Tue 27th Oct 2020 10:12

My thanks to you-

Jack Brookes ( Serenity & lovely doggies! ) 👍
Bon Darcy ( An Upgrade is Available ) 👍
Stephen Atkinson ( Head Space ) 👍

Rose 💋

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Bon Darcy

Mon 26th Oct 2020 21:39

An all too frequent feeling for many of us as we get older. Beautifully written

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Jack Brookes

Mon 26th Oct 2020 20:34

This hits really hard and brings back some painful memories - but with a smile. It's so beautifully put. Thank you

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