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Poem: Love Left Behind

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Poem Summary

Love left behind is about my Mother's struggle with her husband who suffered from Alzheimer's. Eventually he had to be placed in a nursing home. Covid-19 made it impossible to have normal visitation. She often saw him through a glass window where they attempted to talk. Unexpectedly God called him home leaving her to walk through this life without him by her side.



"Gone Too Soon" by Daughtry

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Love Left Behind

He was hidden behind walls

lost in a world

she can not understand,

somewhere between childhood

and being a man.


Trapped inside a building

away from family and friends,

protected from this virus

spreading across the land.


She misses his friendly smile

each moment of the day,

listening for his childlike laughter

to echo through the walls.


Her heart aches

watching his favorite chair sit empty,

with kitty roaming the floor

waiting for him to walk through the door.


She is taken by surprise

when God reaches down his gentle hand

guiding his soul to heaven,

leaving her alone to face another day.


Like an earthquake it shatters her heart

making her blood run cold

struggling to make it through the night

with tears staining the edge of her pillow,

wanting to feel his embrace

one last time.

"Heaven Was Needing A Hero" by Jo Dee Messina

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

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

Vanita,

Writing words is always a way of expressing my thoughts.

The words seem to flow easier.

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers.

I believe this is what will carry us through this difficult time.

Have a nice day.

Vanita Thakkar on December 18, 2020:

Very touchy description of such sad happenings. Expressing yourself must have made you feel a little relieved and light.

Heartfelt condolences and prayers for you and your family, especially for your mother.

Take care.

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

Rosina,

Thank you so much for those heartfelt words.

My mother is getting a bit better as each day passes, but we still have the funeral on Friday. I'm afraid this will be very hard for her, but family and friends will be there for her.

Thank you again for your kindness & take care.

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

Pamela,

Thank you for your heartfelt tears.

Alzheimer's is an awful disease that I would not wish for anyone.

Not being able to visit during Covid-19 is bad enough, but being called home while in there is devasting.

I am happy that he actually knew her the last time they saw one another through the window.

Thank you again and take care.

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

Ann,

Thank you.

I pray you and your family stay safe.

My heart goes out to everyone who has someone living in a nursinghome.

This Covid-19 really makes it difficult, especially when God calls them home.

Take care.

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

Manatita44,

Thank you for the hugs.

It is inevitable that we all must grieve, but peace will shine through one day soon.

Thank you.

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

Nithya,

Thank you for your kindness.

It is such a difficult time to watch my Mother's heart breaking.

Thanks again and take care.

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

Ruby,

Thank you. It is sad that no one could be with him during this journey.

I wish she could have been there alot more.

We never knew when he went inside the nursinghome that she would never be able to hold him again.

Thank you for the blessings and take care.

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

Peggy,

Thank you so much!

I appreciate your kind heartfelt words.

This Covid-19 has definitely made this hard to handle but Mom is still having a service for him.

Alzheimer's is such a cruel disease, but at least the last time they visited through a window he actually did know who she was..that is a blessing.

Thank you and take care.

Rosina S Khan on December 17, 2020:

It is very sad that your mother's husband left this world while in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Mu utmost condolences for you and family. You have expressed the whole scenario so beautifully and right from the heart. My sympathies to your Mom who has had such a great loss but she must rise again after she grieves for a while.

Thank you, Brenda, for sharing such a touching poem.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 17, 2020:

What a touching poem, Brenda! I had tears as it is so sad for your mother. Alzheimer's disease is horrible.

I know nursing homes have those rules, which makes it even tougher for loved ones during this epidemic. I am glad your mother has some good memories, but I know it is hard for her.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 17, 2020:

Oh, how sad. You've expressed it so well. Sadly, this is happening to so many all over the world. How my heart aches for you, your mother and all the others this has happened to. I'm lucky so far.

Ann

manatita44 from london on December 17, 2020:

It is a touching piece and I empathise. What can I say? Hugs. Grieve as is necessary. Peace.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 17, 2020:

So sorry for your great loss Brenda, take care. You have expressed your feelings so well in this poem.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 17, 2020:

Oh Brenda this touched me. I feel for your mother, to lose a loved one is bad enough but not being able to hold him as he travels his last journey to heaven is the worst. Blessings my friend.

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

Chitrangada,

Thank you.

At a time like this, you just keep going.

No time to think about yourself.

Thank you so much for the sweet blessing.

Take care.

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

Bill,

Thank you.

It believe being inflicted with this disease is possibly the worse thing anyone could experience.

It hurts everyone.

These times of Covid-19 make it even harder to bear.

I hope this Christmas season can bring some long awaited comfort to each of us.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 17, 2020:

It is sad losing a loved one under the best of circumstances, but Alzheimer's combined with the distance mandated by Covid-19 seems particularly cruel. May your mother and your entire family be warmed by happier memories in the days ahead. At least your dad's suffering is at an end, and he is in a happier place. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2020:

You have expressed yourself beautifully, and hopefully it would have eased some of the pain. So sad to know, Brenda. Stay strong and take care.

God Bless You and yours.

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

John,

Thank you.

It is an awful devastating disease. It was so sad to watch him go through this and the heartbreak it caused others, especially my mother on those days he didn't remember her.

A bright side to this is that he did remember her the last time they met through a window...so she has that memory.

It saddens my heart though that nursinghome care is very lacking. For the amount of money it cost, one would think they lived in a palace with all the royalties.

Thank you again and take care.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 17, 2020:

So sad, Brenda. Alzheimer’s affects far too many, and not just those afflicted but their loved ones as well. A wonderful poem in difficult circumstances.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 17, 2020:

An ugly disease which has touched our family. Finding comfort is often nearly impossible. May we all find comfort in the days and weeks and months ahead.