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Clueless Grandma

I was clueless as to why you were acting so strange
You were always enraged with me
Finally I asked you what the problem was and you replied 'Who are you people?í
I thought it was some kind of trick or a joke
We laughed it off but you didnít seem to get the joke

Days go by and it still feels like weíre living with a total stranger
I started noticing the distances between us
You always seemed uncomfortable and confused about everyone and everything
You would ask the most outrageous questions
We thought you were 'losing it'

If only we'd known you really were losing it
We couldnít have done anything to cure it but we would have taken the time to care
The few years you had left - you lived not knowing where or who you were
Now after three of your death I finally figured out what was wrong with you
You, Grandma, were suffering from Alzheimer's disease

Even though youíre gone now
Iíll always keep the memories of you and me
Both the good and the bad because those days were the best days of my life
I knew deep down behind those blank stares that you knew who I was - who we all were
You might have forgotten us in your last days but we will never forget you until the end of time.

by Uzoamaka Ekwuribe

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