Word of the Day
1 Suffering from dementia.
1.1 British informal Behaving irrationally due to anger, distress, or excitement.
Mid 17th century past participle of earlier dement ‘drive mad’, from Old French dementer or late Latin dementare, from demens ‘out of one’s mind’.
Dean didn’t decide to be demented.
All wished it could have been prevented.
Very soon after it began to show
It was, by his family, deeply resented.
He didn’t always have retention
Of things his wife might mention.
And often, while he watched TV,
He didn’t really pay attention.
If you ask him about his reading books
He might shrug or give you dirty looks
He’d read the same page over and again
Like well-loved recipes from his favorite cooks.
While no one ever thinks it’s fair
Eventually he just will not be there
Though his body may still work
His brain, his mind, won’t even care.