helplessly I watched

as you were


away from me


I witnessed the steady exodus of your reason

and memories,

having to gently remind you over and over of

where you were

who I was


even who you were


and at the end I raged as

the remnants of your dignity were stripped away

to reveal the fragility beneath

I watched you leave bit by bit

as I bathed you

and fed you

and changed your soiled nappies


and on that final day I sat by your bedside and read you stories and talked about

memories you had

long forgotten

and I watched all recognition fade

into darkness


I listened to your breathing slow and still

and then

and only then

I could let go



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