Nobody Knows She’s Had a Stroke

“Open your eyes and then open your eyes again.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

confusion calls
on speed dial

it’s raining
&it never rains

i’m sitting in my car
facing a brick wall

mom’s crying
&she’s telling

she wants to die
&i see rain

splatter clinging
to glass

heavy seeking
a reservoir

or i’m supposing
i’m her holder

for Real Toads


24 thoughts on “Nobody Knows She’s Had a Stroke

  1. This is such a powerful poem, not only for the way you present the relationship of mother and daughter, but also how you included the sense of looking at and beyond the rain.

  2. I saw a friend the other day whom I haven’t seen in a long time and she told me about her mother who, just the other week, no longer recognised her when she came to visit… My friend was sitting there with tears streaming down her cheeks and there was absolutely nothing I could say to make it better. What a horrible situation! A very strong and emotional – as well as thought provoking piece! Really tugged at the heart strings.

    1. My mom has Alzheimer’s too. Her short term memory is shot but long term is alive and well. Believe me I have already grieved what they say will come but decided to enjoy every day presently as we are given.

  3. Hello Angie,

    Thanks for stopping by, your comment made my day!
    Loved your poem…it truly depicts the underlying horrors of a stroke!
    Looking forward to your next! 😀
    Lots of love,

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