Vanishing Words….




There are times

When words fall short

Of expressing what we feel.


I remember that morning

Being first on the slopes

In the Swiss Alpes

With a foot of fresh powder…

There was no word

That could have come close

To expressing my feelings.

My friend and I

Skied down the hills

With the wind carrying

Our screams of delight

All the way to the valley.


Fear is scream.

Joy is scream.

Fun is laughter.

Sadness is tears

And wailing.


I wonder if…

On the day when dementia

Or Alzheimer’s

Might set on…

And when the sentences fall apart

And when the words vanish…

If screams and laughter and tears

Will still express

Our feelings….




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