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Reta’s Song

 

She sits in her wheelchair day in and day out,

singing the same song over and over and over again.

The tune is the same.

She makes up different words.

Sometimes, her words make sense.

Often, they have no meaning.

Unaware of what goes on around her,

she just keeps singing that same song

over and over and over again.

 

There was a time when she didn’t sing,

not even when someone else was singing.

She’d talk your head off for hours.

She didn’t keep singing that same song

over and over and over again.

 

She has changed.

She no longer talks your head off.

She sings it off.

When spoken to, she responds mostly in song.

The words are different.

The tune is the same.

She just keeps singing that same song

over and over and over again.

 

 

 

This appears in How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver and was recently published in the spring/summer issue of Magnets and Ladders.