Suddenly, pangs of loneliness crept in
 
As he sat at a corner table all alone
 
Months since any of his friends, he’s seen
 
Nor has he spoken to anyone on the phone
 
Unanswered, his calls have been
 
No return calls for reasons unknown
 
Hurt, he thought they’re being mean
 
Despite all the kindness he’s shown
 
But as he stared at the TV screen
 
Flashes came that chilled him to the bone
 
A grim realization, as memories intervene
 
That he’s a survivor and virtually alone!
 
Grief stricken, bitter tears flowed freely
 
As a nurse wheeled him to his room gently
 
© F Aparici      03/26/2019

A sad, sad story of an old man in a nursing home, in the throes of dementia, who suddenly realizes that all of his loved ones and friends are gone, and he is alone. It must be devastating.

2019

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