Seek solace in the sparkle and warmth of a grin,
It gives comfort when strength is depleted within.
An audience, once captivated, cushions the blow,
Brings words of encouragement when the spirit is low.
Disconnections and roadblocks that weren’t there before,
The brain’s infrastructure in harmony no more.
An incredible mind that taught me so much,
Defiant dementia resolute in its clutch.
The eyes speak a language that words cannot find,
Tangled wires of confusion, devastation of mind.
The brain remonstrates with this evil disease,
But dementia destroys all the pathways with ease.
An unwelcome intruder determined to steal,
A long, painful journey with no time to heal.
This disease can’t break bonds; the foundations are tough,
The knowledge we’re there for my dad is enough.