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Tom Higgins

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Book Of Memories


I look forward to the future,
As I look back upon the past,
And I hope I'll keep remembering
For as long as my life may last,

And I hope that my album of life
Will have an expanding trend,
And that my ability to refer to it
Will stay with me to the end.

I hope its colours never fade
Or its bright reflections dull
For from these is the person made,
And a life can never be full.

Unless the memory stays clear
For those remaining days
Without fading into the mists
Of an autumnal evening's haze

To gradually disappear
Into a wintry fog bound Hell
For a man without a memory
Is a mere empty shell.

Submitted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Edited: Monday, August 26, 2013
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Afriend I played rugby with has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, and it is very upsetting for everyone who knows him and especially for his family. It is so sad to see a vibrant, strong man reduced to a dependant state,

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