Friday, January 3, 2014

She Remembers--By Carolyn Devonshire--United States

She Remembers

bits and pieces of the past
kaleidoscope of fractured memories
streets once familiar, now are mazes
faces haunt her dreams
former friends and lovers
their names she forgets

in the fog of confusion
occasional rays of sun still rise
she remembers a joyful childhood
loving parents with good values
she remembers her life is in God’s hands
and never forgets to express her gratitude
for the many blessings bestowed

A Florida writer, Carolyn enjoys writing humor but also receives inspiration from nature and people who touch her life. She has enjoyed co-writing with other poets and finds that both writers grow when they share their thoughts. She has spent most of her life as a reporter and a writer for magazines.


  1. Thank you, Christine Tate, for the following comment--

    Hi Carolyn, I could relate to your lovely words, because my mother spent the last 2 1/2 years of her life in a nursing facility. Although her memory was only partially gone, she forgot many wonderful people, places and events. I kept jogging her memory when I visited her. As her daughter, it was difficult to accept, and a reminder that we must cherish our memories and trust the Lord for a clear, sound mind as long as possible! ~Chris

  2. A terrible fate that befalls so many... well expressed... Terry

  3. Perfect timing for this one, Carolyn....the old year's gone and a new one has arrived! . One has to be grateful for memories, especially in the latter part of life when the world we once knew has changed in so many ways! Love it! Love, Annalise

  4. Lovely memories keeps many of us going - and yet, sometimes memories hurt. So which is best - I guess it depends on the person. Emotional write Carolyn - touches my heart...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  5. Dear Carolyn,

    Thank you for all the wonderful comments you left for other writers my friend. Your support and encouragement mean a lot to me. What a blessing you are to me and others. Keep your bright light shining.


  6. Thank you for "She Remembers," Carolyn. I found inspiration in this poem, as I remember all God has done and is doing for me. Blessings to you!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

    1. Dear Maurice,
      Unfortunately, memory loss is part of my illness and it seems to grow worse every day. Still, I am thankful for the wonderful life God has given me and my faith grows stronger even as my health fails.
      Blessings to you, Carolyn

  7. Carolyn, I feel such love and acceptance in this poem, for one who has difficulty remembering. I only pray like my own mother who always said, I pray I can keep my marbles until the end. She joked about it but I knew she was serious. I wonder if we are grateful for all that is good in our lives and try to remember we are so blessed in so many ways that the habit will grow to be such that our memories will increase instead of dwindle with old age? It has been said that what we focus on comes back to us twice fold. Just a thought. Thank you for such a well written poem. I really enjoyed the read.
    Love, Charlene

    1. Charlene, you are so kind to all the writers on this site and I am very impressed by the poems you've posted on Whispers. You really should consider having some of your work published in magazines or even your own book. Blessings to you, Carolyn

  8. Dear Carolyn,

    My friend you know how much this poem moved me when I first read it. A heartfelt poem from a very talented friend.

    Love Sandra

  9. This is so truthfully written. The problem outlayed and the
    simple solution all wrapped in a single poem.
    I enjoyed your thoughts today.

  10. A lovely poem Carol. Many thanks and with it I send my love and prayers for you. Ranu

  11. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following comment--

    wonderful moving write

  12. Hi, Carolyn, your poem kind of fills me with a certain sadness reminding me of my grandfather who had Alzheimer's and it was so sad to see the light in his eyes gone away and your poem is a reminder. It is a very beautiful and touching poem and fills a heart like a light summer breeze that touches ones heart........ Sheri

  13. This touches many of us who have parents, sons, daughters, with dementia of some form or other. My mom hasn't known me for a couple of years now, I totally understand these words. Janet

  14. It is those strongest values of life that seem to be the last that get taken although sadly some memories and sense of timing so often fade to be replaced by others... If a person is happy in their world then so be it, you sparked thoughts today, thanks for sharing...

  15. Thank you, Richard Sponaugle, for the following comment--

    Unique and fascinating, showing that even in the face of Alzheimer's, hope in God stays. Very good imagery.

  16. Thank you, Barbara Siekierski, for the following comment--

    Very excellent way of describing memory loss and gratitude for the many blessings she has. A good reminder of God's many blessings.