He wobbles in the wasteland of his mind,
Utterly befuddled, himself he cannot find
Forgetfulness mists the by-lanes of remembrance,
A menacing phantom has abducted his independence
He struggles to place names and faces,
Fumbles with buttons and contends with shoelaces
He is thoroughly stumped by the simplest act
As of donning a cap or stating the merest fact
Dismay and mistrust flash from his wary eyes,
A cornered animal, with confusion everyone he spies
People hitherto cherished, are now blanked out
Every past recollection has been stamped out.
As his intelligence gradually blurred,
Then entirely blackened and slurred
This docile old man highly esteemed
Was now a pestilent madman deemed
His return to innocence is misinterpreted,
His distressing ailment misrepresented...
Like a savage brute spiking its mesmerized quarry,
Alzheimer's has transfixed him in this quandary.