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Author Name: Freemary444 3 Comments
Date Added: November 03, 2010 13:11:05 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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 She put the tiny teacups away

then hurried back for the dessert plates

the family would be coming today

she hoped they wouldn’t be late


She wore her delicate hand knitted shawl

her fragile shoulders chilled

a mother of pearl cameo, hand carved

a gift from her writer’s guild


White chocolate donuts, made by hand…

hands that were rather shaky now

a mind that couldn’t quite comprehend

"I’ll get through this day somehow”


A copper kettle whistling on the range

her southern hospitality well known

she tired so easily these days

she felt she had run a marathon


What was taking them so long?

she anxiously watched the clock

"Could I have gotten the date all wrong?”

She removed her gingham kitchen smock


Perplexity began to fill her mind

as she paced up and down the hall

"I don’t believe they’re coming, Lord,

will you catch me if I fall?”


 Mary F. Charest

November 2, 2010


Author's Notes:

Word Bank from Linda Jo

Tiny teacups    delicate    white chocolate    marathon    hospitality    dessert plates    perplexity    mother of pearl   whistling    will you catch me if I fall

A special thank you to Linda Jo for the use of these words from her word bank.  (I hope you didn't mind that I used one phrase for the title.  It just seemed fitting.)

The idea for this poem came from the time I worked with Alzheimer's patients.  Alzheimer's is one of the saddest diseases I have ever seen.  There was a patient who sat by the front door in her wheel chair all day.  Every day she would say, "I know they"ll come today."  (They never did.)  I just said, "I'm sure they will."

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Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on November 3, 2010 10:11:57 PM Report
What a delicate way you handle such a hateful condition. ML
Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on November 3, 2010 06:50:46 PM Report
Mary, I am overwhelmed with chills and a small tear rimming my eye.  simply beautiful, you've used these words to tell your story!  I lreally ove how you've used the question as your title.  Oh my your rhymes are impeccable and oh so sweet!  It would be nice if the story had a happy ending but that is what makes it so poignant...Would you like to read the poem I wrote with the same words?  It can be found under the title, Chelsea's China
Comment By: FreeMaples on November 3, 2010 02:36:08 PM Report
Ms. Mary, I absolutely loved this. You took this word bank and created something so delicate and beautiful. I agree with you that Alzheimer's is a VERY sad disease. I work as a medical assistant for Alzheimer's clinical trials and have written two poems about this disease. You can read them if you'd like....Alzheimer's Memory Walk and the other is Memories that Once Were




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