"How am I Supposed to Live without You?"


Song of Alzheimer's


My mother was so full of life
and living was a joy.
It seemed as she grew older
she just surprised me more.
I saw her as my mother;
I found her as my friend
but that was just before
the beginning of the end.


Won't somebody please
do something about Alzheimer's Disease?
Won't somebody please
do something about Alzheimer's Disease?


I took care of my mother;
I tried the best I could.
We had some really good times,
but some that weren't so good.
It seems all I can think of--
It haunts me day and night;
Re-living all the bad times
and what I didn't do right.


Won't somebody please
do something about Alzheimer's Disease?
Won't somebody please
do something about Alzheimer's Disease?


I look into the mirror;
I see my mother's face.
I reach out for something;
I see I have her hands.
I think I have her hair
now that it's turning gray.
I wonder if I'll be like her
in every way?


Won't somebody please
do something about Alzheimer's Disease?
Won't somebody please
do something about Alzheimer's Disease?


It's in most every family,
everywhere I go;
Someone's losing someone
that they love so.
These should be the best times,
not the very worst.
These are the last times;
Why do they have to hurt?


Won't somebody please
do something about Alzheimer's Disease?
Won't somebody please
do something about Alzheimer's Disease?

--November 1996
Copyright © 1996-2004 Brenda S. Parris

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