Hollow Eyes

Hollow Eyes

A Poem by la Abeja

When eyes fade hollow
And light turns cold
Where do you go?

Do you fall to abysses of your mind
To a place lost in time?
With each heavy sigh,
Where do you go?

The vivid optical shine
That complimented your warm smile
Have been missing for a while
Since the light slowly became cold

Eyes faded green
Stare without seeing
Like one awake but dreaming
A gaze empty and hollow

What is it like in that place?
Is there even one familiar face?
Is it a dark and empty space?
I wish I could know

For five minutes, maybe
You'll remind us who you used to be
For a moment break free
From this dark dungeon's hold

I wish I could follow
So you won't be alone
When the light turns cold
And your eyes are hollow

© 2010 la Abeja

Author's Note

la Abeja
This was inspired by an elderly woman who is suffering from Alzheimer's. She came into my place of work the other day and I watched her expressions as she sat waiting for her husband to attend to some business.

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This is beautiful. I recognize the description in people I know with Alzheimer's and you nailed it. The emptiness, the sadness, the wondering... it's all there.

Posted 10 Years Ago

I admit that I do not know anyone suffering from Alzheimer's, but I know what it does to a person.
You've asked some pertinent questions to which we have no answers and those living with the disease, cannot answer :(
I enjoyed the rhyming. I'd just suggest you be weary of the random length f your lines.

Nicely done.

Posted 10 Years Ago

The questiosn are well placed and move the reader deeply. I love this piece. So emotional I almost cried. You capture the woman and this sickness the best way possible. I did not really like the third stanza were you say "the vivid optical shine that complimented your warm smile." It contains a little more syllables and words than it should when compared to your other lines. Maybe you can change it. The ending is so powerful emphasizing the rest of the poem. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Keep writing.

Posted 10 Years Ago

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This is incredible, gave me chills.............it could happen to any of us or our families. It is amazing how we poets see things so deeply.

Posted 10 Years Ago

how sad

Posted 10 Years Ago

The poem is very sad. I remember telling my Grandmother my children names. She was so cute. She would give them a nickle each. Poem is powerful. It is terrible to get old and lose the memories of a life. A excellent poem.

Posted 10 Years Ago

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6 Reviews
Added on May 31, 2010
Last Updated on July 12, 2010
Tags: Alzheimer's, Poetry, Sad


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