This poem was written by Paddy Cain a resident at Grosvenor Park Care Home in Darlington.
Sitting in a room full of forlorn looking people,
I’m filled with such sadness and sorrow,
Because all of their yesterday’s have become their tomorrows.
No more wishes or dreams to come true as,
Looking back is all they’re able to do.
Every new thought is one from the past, bringing great joy,
Or sadness and pain, as they relive that moment again and again.
Hopefully their lives were full and complete
Before dementia came knocking and they faced defeat.
Better that life comes to an end that is sudden
Than drawn out and lived in an unenviable muddle.
When the call comes from God up above,
They will be overwhelmed with joy and immersed in love.
Their loved ones will be waiting with arms open wide
Somewhere of safety, no need to hide.
An end to confusion, an end to fear
At last in the arms of the ones they hold dear.
Life is but a moment in time
It’s gone in a flash, the blink of an eye
We live our lives and then we die.
Date published: 15 September 2017