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Tom Higgins By Tom Higgins, 10th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Health>Mind & Spirit>Alzheimer's & Memory

We are all sentient beings, and as such we rely upon our life experiences and the stored memories thereof to make us who we think we are, but unfortunately for a growing number of us this memory bank does not stay with us for the whole of our lives. We all probably have at least heard of somone who has been diagnosed with such an illness, and some of us are quite close to someone who has, and we can see the awful effects it has on the sufferer and their loved ones.

Book Of Memories

I look forward to the future
As I look back upon the past,
And I hope I'll keep remembering
For as long as my life may last,

And I hope that my album of life
Will have an expanding trend,
And that my ability to refer to it
Will stay with me to the end.

I hope its colours never fade
Or its bright reflections dull
For from these is the person made,
And a life can never be full

Unless the memory stays clear
For those remaining days
Without fading into the mists
Of an autumnal evening's haze

To gradually disappear
Into a wintry fog bound Hell.
A man without a memory
Is a mere empty shell.


Life Experiences, Life Poetry

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author avatar Tom Higgins
I am relatively new to creative writing having only written my first poem about four years ago and before this I had never written more than a postcard.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Poignant poetry, Tom. We need memories to fall back upon to remind us who we are and where we came from. Otherwise we will grope in the dark - just an empty shell devoid of feelings - siva

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author avatar Tom Higgins
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks for reading it Siva. I have a friend who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, that is why I wrote the poem.

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