The Voiceless

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Trapped in a skin now slack
Barely enough movement in my back
Crowing noise is all I can say
To greet you through the day
Faces come and go
No kind word left to show
This fading memory
Of what I used to be.

At last one takes the time to stop by
A kind light in her eye
She stays long enough to say hello
Asking how I want my day to go
To clear my stuff away
Remnants from the history of my stay
This fading memory
Of what I used to be.

As each light fades again
The distant voices and shadows bend
Confusion over people I have known
Great times I lived through now sown
The loneliness persists
My visitors, a really short list
This fading memory
Of what I used to be.

All I ask for each day
Is a little kindness thrown my way
Trapped in my confused state
Praying you won’t change me late
Waiting for you to spend
A moment to clean my folds and bends
This fading memory
Of what I used to be.

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7 responses to “The Voiceless

  1. Beautiful Eloise..this was so touching poem about being compassionate towards the elderly and the sick…no words to express how moving this is..<3

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  2. So poignant, Eloise. This is powerful because it is true. Thank you for this. Giant hugs, WG

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