The Reality of Distorted Reality

Alzheimer’s

by Sara Khayat, Poet.

To Forget 1We grow up
to stem down


learn everything
to lose it all


at the mercy of
our memories
we fight for
identity


our minds
chopped at the
roots


To Forget 2breakdown


too many
unpredictable
tangles


not enough
nerve


we decay
we decay


we deteriorate


To Forget 3and reality waltzes
out the front door
with your name


she packed a bag
chock-full of your
sanity


she said
Catch me if you can

 

and on the days
when you just might
remember the year
or the season
or the day of the week
reality’s got you
begging for just one
more minute to
remember just what
it was like in the days
when you weren’t so


tangled


the days you could
keep it all

 

together.


 

Sara KhayatSara Khayat was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She currently studies creative writing and psychology at a California State University. She is the editor-in-chief of thepaperplanepilots.com. Her work has appeared in Metaphor magazine, The Blue Hour Magazine, and various other magazines and journals. In October of 2013 she released a book of her poetry titled Borrowed Bones.  She is in the process of editing an anthology by the Paper Plane Pilots titled Reasons to Never Return to be released in June of 2014.

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3 replies

  1. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s… This is exactly what I thought she would think in those small moments of clarity. I’m afraid I’ll get the same. I really like this part:
    “at the mercy of
    our memories
    we fight for
    identity”

    Like

  2. Thank you so much for posting this. It’s such an honor.

    Like

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