Florene and Alzheimer’s 

As your memory fades more each day

So has the memory of not knowing me

One more grandchild you may not remember


having met 

due to the disease of Alzheimer


Memories are those rare treasures

We keep throughout our lives

Whether bitter or sweet, they remain

And remind us who we are every day


We die without dying

When we have forgotten

Our own name

Written in memory of my late grandmother Florene Jones Athey.