My mother’s brain

My mother is dying.

I mean,

We’re all dying,

But her

Brain is



She has dementia,

Let me describe it to you:

[After five minutes of sitting and thinking of how to


My mother’s behavior and words,


Not being

Able to:]

It’s so hard to show.

The words

She mumbles

And the actions of her


(Still manicured, my father sees to that)

Are so


I can’t

Recall them


I would almost have to

Film her

And transcribe

What she says,

And describe her

Actions as I’m watching

To show you how she is.

My brain,

It would seem,

Likes events and words to

Make sense.

And almost nothing

My mother does

Or says

Makes sense.

Her failing brain

Confounds my


My memories of her,

Even from a few days ago.

Me and her,

We’re all tossed together

In some weird



You can’t


Get pulled in

When you’re around her.

Listening to the mumbling,

Watching the fumbling hands,

You start to wonder,

“Is this normal?

Has it always been like this?”

Next time,

I will try to

Describe her Alzheimer’s.

This time,

My brain feels too



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