It will be another end
to another slowing year –
my tightening body
under pain’s besmear

A letterbox drop –
cards on my hall floor –
there to remain
as I can’t bend any more

Christmas on pause –
slight hints of freeze
until the carer’s arrival
to attend to me –

if she turns up –
if she’s the same one –
my hour will lighten
and a bath will be run

A text from my child –
now a mum on her own –
they’ll be here by three
We are never alone

One lesson I’ve learnt
under disease’s deep rub
is that life is still wonderful
when treated with love

Better Lives. Together.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. The Parkinson’s Foundation is here for care partners and family members with support and guidance to help you build a better life with Parkinson’s.