The Worst Part is the End #elderly

“This is the worst part of my life” she moaned. “Everything is in the past, nothing is in the future. Why didn’t I invest in life with more vigor more passion?” She is in the twilight years of her life. Not much more to do than eat, sleep, and shuffle. Hearing aids augment sounds but many […]

Wabi Sabi #lonely #homeless #haiku

alone with my fears oars barely strike the surface boat is shoaled * can you spare a dime my eyes hunger for the past my cart empty       This week’s Carpe Diem Haiku Kai writing challenge is to try our hand at Wabi Sabi. Kristjaan breaks down the two concepts: “Sabi: As fascinated […]

Beneath the Tree #3 #elderly #Christmas #poetry

Sitting in a chair watching the door for days turkey smells are old something in her memory plays closets all are opened every ornament has a place this big house is empty ghosts in too many a space Sitting in a chair she ticks the number of gifts her grandchildren are grown more often she […]

In Candlelight… #yesterday #poetry #oldage

Time stands still for no man and yet this night with dear friends anticipated for so long I look at my reflection in a bonfire of  candles I pass my finger tip through yesterday there is that moment a hush really  a red ball that I got at 6 rolls past the bell from my blue […]

Cut Purse #elderabuse #poetry

sunny smile as they wheel her away from sterile and white another day she has borrowed the meaning of life *** the weeks she has counted four weeks on one hand the letters unwritten envelopes left unstamped *** back to her home now to a box full of cards people known just by name soldiers […]

Look what you can get at the thrift store! #flashfiction

“Hello, Hello in there? My friend Eddie said he got a new head of hair here. I can live without hair, I have a hat. The thing is well things haven’t  been working that well since Maude died. Sure they have implants and pills, but what you offer is kinda like a second-hand version of […]

Time is ticking away #death #life #poetry

they asked me when I was a kid how long they thought i’d live i said” i don’t know maybe after the world is covered with snow.” they asked me when I was a sailor how long I thought til it was over? i shook my head, “my best friend yesterday at 20 was dead” […]

what about her? #elderly

I cried She all alone I empty hands Other end of a phone *** the aged Fear a lonely end Some strive to help Mission to defend ** you cannot take What little they possess Food on odd days Paying bills is distress ** then it happened I was on the line Facing her struggles […]

Honey Where Are You? (Flash Fiction#Alzheimers)

I looked today turned around What did you say Did you make a sound “Honey I love you” I heard her say With all we’d been through My memories at times seem so far away ************************************ After speaking with a dear friend whose wife is captive in Alzheimer’s, I was inspired to write this Fiction […]

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