Archive for Sunday, December 28, 2003

Poet’s showcase

December 28, 2003


Alzheimer's and Old Lace
By Shannon Musgrave

My Grandmother's brain
is eating itself into old lace
as she sits here in the sun
like a cat in the windowsill,
just staring.

Her face is a mask
devoid of all expression.

I know it is the empty spaces,
the holes in lace,
that make it beautiful,
and I peer into her faded eyes now,
searching for some of that beauty,
some tiny hint
of the piece of work
that was this woman,
but emptiness is all I see.

She looks back at me sometimes.
There is no spark,
no light,
no recognition.

She does not know who I am.
She does not know who she is to me.

And I wonder,
as we gaze at each other,
into which of the holes I've fallen.

Poet's Showcase features work by area poets. Submit your poetry via e-mail with a subject line of Poet's Showcase to or send typewritten (not handwritten) submissions to Mindie Paget, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, attn: Poet's Showcase. Teen writers should submit their work to the 18 & Under page at

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