That You Remember Me: An Alzheimer’s Poem

Written by on September 15, 2012 in Love & Family with 0 Comments

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Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are frightening and devastating diagnoses for victims and their families.  How frightening it must be to know that the mind is failing.  I think the worst thing would be that, as the victim recognizes that he or she is having difficulty recalling people, events or details, it would even more frightening to think that he or she would be forgotten by others.  Don’t forget them.  This poem is for them. Donate to Alzheimer’s Foundation Research:

That You Remember Me

I’ve learned so much throughout my life

but there’s much I don’t recall.

I know it’s in there somewhere

but it’s hard to find it all.

It’s not that I’ve forgotten you,

or the things I said I’d do;

I remember everything

but it’s hidden somewhere I can’t see

just beyond my view.


You see, there is a shadow where

there didn’t used to be,

and sometimes when I look right there

it just confuses me.


I remember lovely flowers,

and songs I used to sing.

I remember springtime showers,

and rainbows they would bring.

I remember movies

and who would be the star,

but sometimes it’s so hard for me

to know just who you are.


I love to watch a baseball game

or listen to the birds.

I love to tell you secrets.

I love to hear your words.

I love for you to sit with me;

perhaps you’ll hold my hand

and tell me that you love me:

that I’ll understand.


My mind has ways of taking me

where I don’t want to go.

I know I know your name, you see;

just right now it’s hard for me

to think of things I really know,

and to know what really is

and what may not be so.


Though I might forget you,

it’s important that you see

just how much it means to me

that you remember me.

Daniel Mark Extrom

 ©  Daniel Mark Extrom / Daniel Mark Picture Poems, Inc.  2009-2012. All rights reserved.

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