Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sink Side Songs

Sink Side Songs

I sat holding your hand
when the music started.
You seemed to listen.
I don't know where
 the notes took you, 
but I remembered
hearing you sing while
 you did the dishes.
It was really humming
with some la de da's and
de de dum's thrown in.
Begin the Beguine,
a song about memories,
was one of your favorites.
I still think of you
whenever I hear it.

This poem was inspired by a prompt on The Slow Forget, a website started by J.Lynn Sheridan to share experiences with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia through poetry. Join us by writing or reading.

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  1. I love how the music resonated with your mom even as she washed the dishes. I didn't know that song so I listened to it: "it brings back a memory of green. I'm with you once more under the stars. . . " You've written a poem within a memory within a song of memory. There is probably a name for that. Brilliant.

    1. Thanks, Janice. It is a beautiful song. She liked Cole Porter's music. Thanks again for starting The Slow Forget.

  2. Once again you've touch my heart with your words. I love that song (love that era of music) and how, as Janice mentioned, it is a poem in a memory of a song of memory. Beautiful.

    1. Thank you, Debi. They did make some wonderful music during that era. I'm glad my mom helped me appreciate it.