Swiftly Failing

Memory lossHow am I supposed to see your incredible beauty due to my swiftly failing vision?

How am I supposed to hear your words of endearment due to my swiftly failing hearing?

How am I supposed to recall our wonderful times together due to my swiftly failing memory?

How am I supposed to give you everything you deserve due to my swiftly failing health?

How am I supposed to leave you all alone in the world due to my swiftly failing life?


127CC2F1-5DD2-4410-92E5-3A6C9D699085Written for this week’s Tuesday Writing Prompts Challenge, where the prompt is to write a piece of prose or poetry with the phrase “swiftly failing memory” in it.

4 thoughts on “Swiftly Failing

  1. bwcarey November 7, 2019 / 3:56 am

    the terror older people feel, years ago it was fine to forget, now you have an itch and you need a tetanus injection, every iota of the body is now a marketing opportunity, and they wonder why we itemize the body and sell body parts, where are our eyes you wonder, they used to be in our heads, now they reside in the bank account, amen

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  2. Sadje November 7, 2019 / 3:59 am

    Touching poem. It’s the fear for people approaching old age.

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  3. annieasksyou November 7, 2019 / 7:13 am

    Very moving. Unfortunately, it reminded me of a less somber take on aging reported by a friend when she was still a practicing internist. “Dr. C.,” one of her elderly patients told her, “I can’t see, and I can’t hear. Thank God I can still drive!”

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