Remember, I'm Still Here

Updated on June 24, 2019
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Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.

My mind is a vast space of emptiness where words used to exist

Clutching at fragments of sentences which have somehow gone amiss

Trying to find the answer from the pile of letters on the floor

As they swarm around in a frenzy, searching for the door


Memories like cobwebs I cannot blow or sway

They cluster in dark corners where they never seem to stray

Like delicate strands of sorrow that just won’t go away

They torment me with their laughter in a timeless tragic play


The wonderful books I love to read lie forgotten, lost and banned

Their pages have become corridors littered with verbs I don’t understand

Clutching at past memories, forgetting the importance of today

In all this confusion, you take my hand and gently lead me away


The stillness of an endless night has now become my day

I have no fear of the darkness – it’s soothing in a way

The shadows in my mind now stretch across the floor

Joining me in silence as I softly close the door


A melody you sing to me caresses my fragile mind

And even though I cannot speak, I sense love – stoic and kind

Giving me the courage to assuage my greatest fear, as I struggle to remember

I’m still here

© 2019 Lorna Lamon

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    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you Dora I appreciate your comments.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      I saw my mother in this struggle. You captured the confusion very well. Great effort to put ourselves in their place. Good job!

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you Nell - I appreciate your comments.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      3 weeks ago from England

      Oh wow! Such a powerful piece. I am reading a book about someone with memory loss so this is very appropriate.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you for commenting Mark, I appreciate it.

    • Mark Tulin profile image

      Mark Tulin 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Beautiful poem, Lorna. Aging is inevitable and, for many, so is dementia. You've captured it perfectly.

    • Asad Dillz profile image

      Asad Dillz Khan 

      3 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      You're Welcome!

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you for your kind comments Asad.

    • Asad Dillz profile image

      Asad Dillz Khan 

      3 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      So amazing and Lovely poem Lorna! I REALLY enjoy to read it! Beautiful title "Remember I'm Still Here". Superb work!

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments Lora. I work with Dementia patients and I see first-hand the frustration they endure as the disease takes hold. You saw clearly what I was trying to convey and your comments meant a lot to me.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 weeks ago

      Such a powerful and poignant poem, Lorna! You managed to capture in your poem, the frustration and fear that someone with dementia must be experiencing. Your use of metaphors indeed help to convey the helplessness of someone who can sense what is happening to them yet is losing the capacity to articulate to others what he is experiencing. I was deeply touched by your words and your sensitive portrayal of someone who is struggling to hold on to the last vestiges of his identity. Superbly and beautifully written! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Liz, I often noticed the frustration on my Dad's face when he was trying to make himself understood and I wondered what he would say if he had to explain how he felt. I hope my poem did this. Thank you for your kind comments.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you for your kind comments Pamela. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you for commenting Kurt. My father had this cruel disease and as a member of the Red Cross I treat the depression which often accompanies dementia. With ongoing research I hope that a cure will be found soon.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      This is a very poignant poem. It expresses what those with dementia and issues of age are no longer able to express. It gives the silent a voice.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      This poem certainly describes what getting old and forgetful or maybe have dementia. It is a beautifully written poem Lorna.

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      Kurt Frazier Sr 

      3 weeks ago from Mobile, Al

      A very telling glimpse into the world of one who struggles to remember what they used to know so well.

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