Dementia, The Thief. It took away your days and nights And time became a blur It sucked your speech right from your mouth And your words became a slur. It slowly imprisoned you from your life When you couldn’t walk your miles It haunted your sleep and made you scared And wiped away your smiles Because it’s not just memory loss That dementia brings your soul It gives you torturous unwanted gifts To replace the ones it stole. It switched your radiant laughter and joy For agitation, sadness and fear And stole your independence And made your world became less clear. Your loved ones watched you disappear A little more each day They wished, but all so helplessly As it stole you right away And in the end are precious memories That you possess no more But instead your loved ones treasure them Deep within their core. I do not know if you remember me Or if I’ve been stolen from you too But dementia will never ever steal away The love I feel for you. – Hannah Hillier 2018.