“We CAN change the world … one brain at a time.” –MMG
Don’t believe what you read. A world without Alzheimer’s is exceedingly unlikely … but/AND … we / you / every family CAN enJOY every moment of a journey through it. As funders / fundraisers / researchers worldwide brazenly take billions whilst claiming they’re seeking a “cure” or are “near to finding” one my brain fires off too-many questions at once.
Please read WHY I’m Compelled in my op-ed piece, What IF©.
Remember (pun intended) that I have Alzheimer’s/dementia in both bloodlines for two generations (at least): my beloved Mom, ‘The’ Betty; three of four Grandparents; six Aunts & Uncles. For them – and God Knows how many millions of Families who still wend their way without education, encouragement, or comfort – my brain cannot not scream….
Cracked Bells Ring True©
If none God’s Call had taken up,
if Jesus did pass on “this Cup:”
Would not the Words that He did say
still guide / affect some to this day?
If one stands in a field, alone,
and, with one voice, others’ cries own:
Is one bell, not heard, a lament
rung but in vain? What’s effort meant?
If there were one voice raised in need
and, in its raising, planting seed
for others’ platforms to succeed:
Does that lone voice all its worth cede?
Or, more: Should that lone voice just cease?
Would the needs it pleads decrease?
Does it matter? Matters not.
The crier pleads for those forgot –
who, in ‘forgetting,’ are dismissed –
whose needs are rendered, sans assist,
to facts and figures and their worth –
the money’s, not those whose needs birth
the cry. It does not facts, monies extol.
It matters not if e’er enroll
platform-ers with the proper focus
on those living … in their locus.
Would that all would soon condole
those whose lives ring higher toll:
The families whose lives shattered be.
Cry on. The bell? It tolls for thee.
For tho others see ‘memory’ crack –
tho my one voice may be sole flack –
the message must not all eschew:
Cracked bells still ring. The cry rings true.
Cracked Bells Ring True© by Maureen M Gavan
responds to others’ ever-‘breaking news’ re the needs and care of Alzheimer families
[not ‘news’ – as empowering Alzheimer families has been my Compellment for 30+ years]
and is inspired by John Donne’s Meditation XVII, 1624:
“No man is an Island, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent,
a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse,
as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were;
any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: ANZAC Sunset ©2014-2016 Maureen M Gavan | All rights protected.
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