It’s sad to see you disappear
Slowly fading away
I hardly noticed it at first
The barest hint of gray.
The words you spoke were not so firm
Your laughter slightly absurd.
You looked past me when we spoke
As you seemed to ponder each word.
The change was oh so slow —
I thought I’d accommodated.
I thought I had learned to accept
This different way we related.
But you slipped ever further away
I could not hold you in place.
We were strangers who barely touched
Till you no longer saw my face.
I grieve the past and the future
Find it hard to enjoy the today
It’s easier to never approach
It’s easier to walk away.
But I open my heart to the pain
Seek patience to carry through.
And long for the day when once more
You will be the real you.