Spirit, God of Wisdom, God of Time,
God of my mind, please protect the book
of my memory. Please let it not be sealed away
As age advances, memories drift imperceptibly
into bosky woods, where leaves of knowledge and
information fall lazily, and foggy dusk comes
Gauzy scrims of forgetfulness descend, silently
as footfalls on moss.
Details intermix and blur, faces fade
into one another, place-names interchange,
and connections fray and dissolve.
Certainty and confidence are causalities.
Fear lurks on the spongy edges
of the abyss of doubt.
The specter of dread Dr. Alzheimer appears
through the cloudy mists of clutching fear.
me, Holy Spirit, to face the alterations of advancing
age with grace and acceptance.
if it be at all possible, Oh, God,
please, please, I beg You, make me forgetful,
but let the chalice of complete memory loss
be taken away from me.
dear God, not become a burden
to others. Remove the details, but please,
I pray with all my mind and heart, let me hold
on to the essentials. Let me remain capable of
managing my life and giving support to others,
rather than becoming helpless: a responsibility
this I pray, dear God, Holy Spirit,
with all my heart and all my mind, in humble acceptance
and enduring reverence and love.
(c) 2012 Donn B. Murphy
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