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Happy New Year 2016. With a new year comes new beginnings and sometimes endings. If I am personally progressing and if I am doing a good job in my grieving Gregory's death; if I have been able to learn my lessons in living and loving someone diagnosed with Dementia/ Alzheimer's; if I am to get on with my life ... I need to bring this Alzheimer's blog to an end since my writing has been dealing less with Dementia/ Alzheimer's and more with life after Dementia/ Alzheimer's.

Of course, I will always continue to work for and support fair treatment on behalf of people with Dementia/ Alzheimer's and may post here from time to time. Also, there are many wonderful posts here through which you may browse.

With this change, I will continue and reinvigorate my "michael a. horvich writes" blog which deals with grieving Gregory's death, life lessons, personal experiences, observations, memoirs, dreams, and humor in essay and poetry, as well as an attempt now and then at sharing a piece of fiction.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

These Leavings

(Mark and Colleen visited this weekend. It is early, raining and they have just left. I find myself crying, sobbing, howling, rocking as my kitty shares concerned consoling rubs on my legs. The computer is scheduled to turn on at 8:00 am. I sit down in front of it and this poem arrives, by itself as they often do, with little help from me. Having written it, I can now return to bed, perhaps to sleep for a few more hours and then off to visit Gregory.)

These Leavings

You inhabit our home
With your life and love
You, the only ones
Who really know
Really Understand.

And then comes time
For you to leave
Returning to your home
So I cry and grieve
Yet another leaving.

And my apartment
Is once again filled
To overflowing
With emptiness

The reality of it
Needing to be cried
But rarely allowed
Announces and arrives
In torrents.

"I knooooooow"
"I knooooooow"
"I knooooooow"
Pours out with tears
But I don't really.

Afraid to loose myself
In the river, the stream
Unable to breath
Afraid of getting lost in
"I knooooooow."

And then another day
Of getting through life
Finding joy here and there
A laugh or two or three
Always on shoulders of sorrow.

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