Brain Jungle - a poem on memory, by Judith

Published on 20/07/2018

Judith is a poet. She's also been a patient at RICE for some years now and has a diagnosis of Alzheimer's.

We were delighted when her family got in touch to share some new work she had recently been inspired to create.

"Judith has been a poet for many years but following a difficult few years of anxiety and loss after the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, she stopped writing," said her daughter. 

"Last year she moved into a wonderful ‘Living with Care’ flat, run by the Methodist Housing Association, and has found her love of life, her humour and her poetic voice again.  

"With support which goes beyond this into the community, she maintains her independence in the city where she was born and spent most of her childhood. 

"She can and will walk for miles, maintaining a remarkable level of fitness for a 90 year old, completes word puzzles and still beats her children and grandchildren at Scrabble."

The poem is a remarkable evocation of the sense of losing your train of thought. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have. 

Brain Jungle

Catch a passing thought, hold firmly in the mind –

The source, the one beginning of it lost.

Somewhere in that jungle of the brain

That thought was born, and concentrating,

I should hope to find its value, if at all,

Its sense, its need, hidden in recall.

Follow the flowering back towards the seed.

But in the jungle of an ancient mind

Sources are vague and difficult to find.

Judith, June 2018

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