Quick comprehension of road situations,
skilful control, assessing conditions,
traffic, and road signs, remembering routes,
a brain that’s alert, considers, computes.
A kerb and a wing clipped, the centre line hugging,
even close journeys now seem so confusing,
looking at road maps, bewildering gaze –
why do they look like a puzzling maze?
Frustration and anger, unable to do
what seems half-familiar, the right role for you,
memories’ mixed-up, bad language once heard
comes out from the mouth as a sound so absurd.
Gone back into memories, – no, not delusion,
stability, comfort, when ‘now’ is confusion,
remembered routine, once a job well worth doing,
but losing the thought of just where you are going.
A daughter, or son, a spouse or a sister –
sensitive, sad, but pausing to ponder
where the mind’s moved to, the memory connection,
make sense of what seems like irrational action.
A question repeated again, and again:
patience exhausted, incredible strain
– lateral comment may bring some relief,
for sometimes to answer just re-runs a grief.
The past seems so safe, and there’s longing for home,
but words of a future that’s perfect to come
can also be calming, encouraging hope,
and patience, so helping the troubled to cope.