- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Moonbridge Publications (October 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977232328
- ISBN-13: 978-0977232321
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,773,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Poems That Come to Mind: For Those Who Love Someone With Dementia Paperback – October 23, 2012
"Tenderly touching the authentic emotions of an Alzheimer's journey" - Jolene Brackey, author of Creating Moments of Joy: A Journal for Caregivers
"Each delicately and fiercely imaged poem is a tribute to perseverence and survival and a lesson for us all." - Walter Bargen, First Poet Laureate of Missouri, author of Days Like This Are Necessary: New and Selected Poems
"Linda Austin describes the tragedy of dementia and Alzheimer's, yet exquisitely captures the depth of love. A metaphor for life, Austin's poetry is poignant and breathtaking in its brevity." - Jan Morrill, author of The Red Kimono (Univ of Arkansas Press, Spring 2013) and "Life: Haiku By Haiku," an online site of poetic musings.
"Linda beautifully captures heartbreaking and gracious moments of those suffering dementia in this collection of poems...Your heart will be touched by their journey." - Doris Plaster, LCSW, author of Home Sweet Nursing Home
From the Back Cover
The journey through Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-causing disorders is frightening and confusing, and can leave even caregivers at a loss of words. These simple poems, most in the style of haiku and tanka, express the bitter and the sweet of caring for a beloved suffering from dementia.
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The brevity and simplicity of a haiku make this type of poem seem easy to write. But if one takes pen to paper in an attempt to write such a poem, one finds that writing in this form is not easy at all. What's more, packing depth of emotion into a haiku takes extreme talent. Ms. Austin has this talent.
I'd like to quote just one of Ms. Austin's poems. I think this is the poem that profoundly touched me and really evoked emotion in me:
He smiles at me
when I ask him questions
he can't answer
When I smile back
and pat his arm
he reaches for my hand
It is rare to come across a writer with the ability to summon in the hearts of his/her readers such a variety of poignant feelings. When one reads Ms. Austin's writings, one is carried away to the specific moment in time when Ms. Austin was moved in some way by tender moments. If you would like to experience these moments, please download this book.
Her poems are in haiku and deliver powerful messages with brevity and simplicity. I found myself transported into the nursing home with her as she interacts with her mother and other residents. Her poems evoke the deep emotions of watching a loved one decline day to day:
"We argue again
Over nothing important
We talk of different pieces
Of the same scary puzzle."
This beautiful little book will bring consolation to many family members who are dealing with dementia in a loved one. They will see how they are not alone in their perceptions and responses to this devastating disease. I think this book of poems will bring consolation to anyone facing the decline of a loved one.