This poem was submitted by Spencer Ginyard, a young man who has Prader-Willi syndrome. Spencer recently graduated from Cal State University, San Bernardino where he received a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. He is an honors recipient from Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society.
To my Great Grandma, Grandma Lee
suffering! moaning! Can hardly breathe
fighting against a torture miserable cancer
called Alzheimer’s Disease
Lee in her nursing home all alone
living life but has a painful slowly death
can’t even remember her name
on top of her lungs
screaming! screaming! screaming!
yelling! yelling! yelling!
to her nurses
what’s my name!
tell me! tell me! tell me!
Lee’s nurses are too busy to where lee is being ignored
lee is getting furiated, frustrated, annoyed all at once
yelling on top of her lungs
can someone tell me what my name is!
demanding to any nurse that is coming by or any nurse that is watching over her
still getting ignored so Lee can’t take it anymore
to where her brain exploded just like a bomb that had just gone off
out of nowhere you heard this aftershock noise of her brain deteriorating
boom! boom! boom! like a timer has gone off
soon after a while Lee just calms down but forgets about
Lee is just calling it quits because she feels that she is
invisible so she is feeling lonely but just doing her own thing
family is visiting lee at her nursing home
she is repeating to everyone who are you people
get out! get out! get out!
you are strangers to me leave me alone
go away! go away! go away!
she does not even take a moment to see that we are family trying to be there for her
she is just gone Lee can’t remember anything anymore
that was the very last time that I saw her
until one day she vanished out of nowhere
passed away didn’t even have a chance to say goodbye
then my heart started to drop
then I was crying non-stop
to where tears were building up like a big puddle of water
just had a moment of silence
moved on like nothing happened
Contributed by Spencer Ginyard.