I am pleased to have my poem Dementia’s Mantra here in the latest edition of LossLit.
This journal has an aim to ‘explore the various influences of loss in literature’ and my found prose poem was written recently in response to visiting my father-in-law at the residential home where he was being cared for because of dementia [not complete, with drifting in and out of confusion and clarity] and other physical vulnerabilities. The poem’s mantra is his.
Jim sadly passed soon after. He was 91 and had a wonderful life, happily married for 66 years. In his many moments of clarity he was most appreciative of being visited while at the same time confused about where he was and why.