be careful with her/

every move is distressing/

she cannot remember

the purpose of what you do


be gentle/ be kind/

and talk with her/

remind her/ every step

of the way/

that you have not


her/even though/

more and more/

she forgets herself


remind her to swallow

in-between spoonfuls

of thickened juice/


remind her to hold on

tight when the hoist goes up/

and leave one hand on her back

where she can feel it/ let

her know she is safe/

she forgot/ or remembers

only times when she wasn’t


be careful/ be gentle/ be kind/

this human being has a life

and experience and

a soul of her own/ but slowly



give back to her what you can/

every day/

again/ again/

and be careful with her


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