A Piece At A Time

Forty years
Well, almost
My arm curled
(As best hard bone can bend)
Along your ribs and
Your drowsing hand captures mine and
Presses it tight to your hot side
Until my fingers start to prickle with sleep
And I have to slip your hold and undo mine
But I stay snugged close
Because when we sleep
Spooned together….
Breathing together…
It is all the same as it once was
Your slack mouth, parted by soft breaths
Doesn’t ask, What day is it? What time is it?
Your breathing doesn’t hitch, tight and jagged
With anxiety because you know that
Something’s off….forgotten…
Misremembered…
Melted away…
But what it is, how could you say?
Sleeping, you do not forget to feed the cat
Or leave the light on all day in the closet
Or ask me again, “What time is it?”
Curled close under the covers
You don’t drive north on the wrong day
(I wasn’t there to remind you, I was away myself)
Or forget where you parked the car
And scare the Hell out of us
Thinking that it has been stolen
Not stolen, just mislaid
Like your keys…
Your glass…
Your attention…
Your grip on the past five minutes
I am five short years behind you
But how fast, how fast you travel
Ahead of me, away from me
I do not know which and frankly
I would rather not know
When my arm tries to bend like your rib
When my hand curls tight inside your sleeping hand
We are as we have always been
Down all these tandem years
One skin with two sides
One beat of two hearts
One breath
Two warm hands
Nested together
Remembering everything
For both of us…..

A Piece At A Time

Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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Alzheimer’s disease….working like a thief in the night, stealing precious memories….and erasing so many sentimental thoughts….blocks of time…gradually people are trapped in a world that is scary and unfamiliar….This is dedicated to a very special couple, living with this day to day, ………….

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