Alzheimer’s poem # 8: Why I call my mother Lois

in 77 years, she had
so many different names

her husband and friends
called her Lo,
& we 3 called her Mom

& when she forgot
she was a mother
& that she had a nickname once

when she started calling
me “Mother,”

I called her
what my grandmother called her–

because she would answer.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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2 Responses to Alzheimer’s poem # 8: Why I call my mother Lois

  1. A short song of a lady who struggled to remember and a loving daughter who remembers that struggle and a love that defies transition. Susan, you must remember but you must now go beyond!

  2. Yes, you are too right–I was going to write it out in 10 poems, but perhaps I have finished early, as I now think I have said all I can 🙂

    By the way, missed your comments–welcome back to electronic poetry-land 🙂

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