July 21, 2014

brick under water
Alzheimer’s says the doctor
and no one knows

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© Amanda Stemen – 2014

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2 thoughts on “July 21, 2014

  1. I’m a fan of your work! As someone who has worked with older adults for years — many with memory-impairment — I find myself drawn to this particular verse. Can I ask you to elaborate a bit — talk more of your inspiration for this haiku?

    • Thanks so much Kenny Ray! I appreciate you reading and glad you’re enjoying it. My inspiration for this one was that I saw this random cement brick in a fountain amongst the lily pads and I wondered how it arrived to that particular spot. Somewhere down the line I contemplated who would misplace a large brick and that led to thinking about Alzheimer’s. And the “no one knows” alludes to the person who perhaps misplaced the brick and now doesn’t know where it is, people with Alzheimer’s not knowing a lot of things, and loved ones of people with Alzheimer’s (or other neurological disorders) not knowing what’s going to happen. Do you use haiku with the older adults you work with?

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