A Poem Honoring A Father With Dementia

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They call me Ernie

I guess that’s my name

I think they’re talking to me

Sorry my mind plays a game

I’m sitting here dying

And I don’t even know

My loved ones praying

They don’t want me to go

The love of my life

Is Darlene my wife

She gives me hugs and kisses

Tells me this is what she misses

My heart has a lot to say

Even if my mouth won’t make a sound

My mind won’t even tell me the day

My mind is foggy, or maybe just a cloud

I am a Marine

My boys, we were a team

We went over seas

Uncle Sam we tried to please

As I pray to God above

My heart is full of love

Know my love for you is the same

Even if I don’t know your name

I’m waiting for GOD to take me

My soul will fly free

Please don’t say sorry

Or give a worry

My brain is gone

But my heart pounds on

I’ll watch over you

Our love still feels brand new

No need to wave goodbye

For one day, I’ll see you

And say hi…..

Laura Hallbauer wrote this poem for and about her father living with dementia.

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