Senescence (Tanka)

© Tracesofthesoul 2014
© Tracesofthesoul 2014

sporadic visits

that escalate in flurries

steals chunks of a life

cunningly, shrewdly

claims Dementia.


Written for Mindlovemisery Menagerie – Tanka/Haiku prompt presented by Anmol
– literary
verb: evanesce; 3rd person present: evanesces; past tense: evanesced; past participle: evanesced; gerund or present participle: evanescing
pass out of sight, memory, or existence.

Author: Oliana

This blog is about my thoughts, reflections and memories. Sometimes they will be personal and my way of processing certain life situations. I know, I am not unique in many of my thoughts but somehow, writing this into a blog...having readers as witnesses...sometimes gives me comfort. So thank you for dropping by. I feel honoured that you may read a blog or two as while I am Whispering Insights.

24 thoughts on “Senescence (Tanka)”

    1. It was meant to be honest but not sad. I have written about Ms Dementia before and I like to treat it (her) like a shrewd witch. The prompt just brought it up so easily. Thanks fo reading, Brenda.


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and I am sorry to hear about your granddad. It is sneaky and devastating disease for everyone close to as well as the person suffering. My thoughts are you and your family.


    1. Thank you, I did enjoy the raw reality of it…it was written out of love for Mom and disdain for Ms Dementia…kind of like she was the mistress who took my mom away…


      1. *nods* It’s always hard to watch someone grow old when they lose bits of themselves, but some precious memories can come from those times too.


      2. There are always wonderful memories…writing her this past year has enabled me to write snippets here and there. She is in always in my thoughts because I am who I am because of who she is.


  1. Thanks for visiting my post. I’m happy to have found your beautiful site! I love how you captured this loss, it touches my heart because it’s happening to my dad 😦


    1. Ah, gee, I am so sorry to hear this. I have written many posts and poems about my mom actually under dementia. It is such a difficult disease to accept…my thoughts are with you. It helps to talk about it, write about it. I have read many books in the past, work in homecare for a few years but my most recent book, Still Alice is a great book to understand the onset and progression of the illness. Hugs , Oliana xx


      1. Thanks for the kind words, Oliana. I’ll definitely look at that book. It is a sad disease, sad to see the changes. Hugs to you and your mom as well.


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