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Poem: Alone in Old Folk's Home

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

"Will You Care For Me?" By Sheila Stovall


Alone in Old Folk's Home

Why God, have you forsaken me?
I wake up lying upon this twin size bed
in a solitary room
with no pictures on the wall,
seeing no resemblance of my life
and a walker to help my feet move across the floor.

Confined to my room
except for boring activities
that take only half a brain,
with occasional visitors
who come prepared with excuses
for their short stay.

No dishes, no laundry, no cooking to do,
just sit in my chair
all day and stew,
looking out a window
with a dismal view
with absolutely nothing to do.

After all you have given me
why am I spending my last days this way?
waiting and watching for it all to end,
crying myself to sleep at night
sleeping during the day,
wishing someone would come
to take me away.

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"All Dressed Up (with no where to go)" by Reba McEntire



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 23, 2020:


That song is s tear jerker, it is so sad.

So glad your day is better now.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 23, 2020:

No worries. It's better now. I'm glad you liked the song even though it's a tear-jerker.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 23, 2020:


Thank you so much!

I am sorry to be the reason your day started out with sad thoughts.

That song is awesome! I believe I will use it on my writing.

Thank you.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 23, 2020:

I should not have stopped to read this to start my day. So depressing that it brings tears and reminds me instantly of a song that always made me cry: "All Dressed Up with Nowhere to Go" by Reba McEntire. The song is on the very same subject matter.

On the other hand, your poem is written very well if it is able to bring out emotion in someone that way.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 22, 2020:


Thank you.

Your words are so inspiring. One should reach out more often to let them know they are still loved and you are there for them.

It is so hard to see someone there...not wanting to remember the person that way once their health goes downhill.

These places really need to make a better life for the residents. It is virtually boring with nothing fun to do and sometimes you do not get the kind of care you deserve to get.

Thanks for reading.

Lora Hollings on January 22, 2020:

I really love this poem, Brenda. You really paint a picture in words of what it is like for people to be confined in such a world devoid of purpose and family. It's as if they are forgotten about by others that give their life some meaning and hope! It is such a lonely existence for them. This poem serves as a wake up call to go and visit your parents, grandparents, sisters or anyone that you know that may be in this situation. This is perhaps the time they need more love not less in their lives! Talk to them, even if they don't understand much of what you're saying. Play music, show them pictures, try to involve them in an activity to engage them and make them feel that life is still worth living. Great write!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 21, 2020:

Ms. Dora,

Thank you, but it very sad that we must spend our last days this way.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 21, 2020:

This description of an individual's last days are very real. You're good at capturing emotions. Well done.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 20, 2020:


It is so sad.

Thank you.

Amani Utembu from Nairobi -Kenya on January 20, 2020:

A lamentation... So sad

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 18, 2020:


Thank you for reading this one.

It really hurts to see someone in nursinghome who does not wish to be there..it has to be so difficult for them.

I am told they need more volunteers, but I really don't think that will make it seem any more like home.

Thanks again.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 18, 2020:

This is so sad, I teared up. Being a nurse your poem was familiar to me. People in a nursing home are so anxious to have company, esp. family.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 17, 2020:


Thank you.

It is a very sad one, but my heart felt the need to write it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 17, 2020:


Thank you for your comment.

It is heartbreaking.

It is a sad day when ones life ends in this manner.

Hopefully it can be the start of a new chapter in ones life. Maybe they can find a purpose behind it all.

Thanks for reading.

Lorna Lamon on January 17, 2020:

This is the sad reality for many elderly people in care homes. I work in the aged care sector as part of the Red Cross and see this all the time. It's a sad reflection of a world where no-one has time to make these people feel they matter and have something to live for. A wonderful thought provoking poem Brenda.

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on January 17, 2020:

Wonderfully written poem Brenda. I had tears in my eyes reading this.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 16, 2020:


Yes. This is sad.

Thanks for reading.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on January 16, 2020:


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