Visit with William
He looked at me with sad eyes
Sitting with shoulders slumped
Palms open as if in supplication
Just wanting to understand
They why of it all.
Where are they?
Not here I said but far away.
No he responded
They were here this afternoon
Please let me see them.
So it goes
His obsession with family long dead
His mother, sister, brothers,
Longing to see them
Laugh and joke with them
Just to be once more in their presence.
You will only be here for a few more days I said,
We will bring you back home.
Things will get better after you meds are changed
Hopefully bringing you some peace
And freedom from you inner loneliness
From being homesick for your loved ones.
We talked about other things,
As I left
I hugged him told him of my concern and love
Walked to the door to be let out.
As I was leaving I could hear the pounding
His wanting to be free.
No outward tears showing
But my heart was torn
So little can be done to ease suffering
Of those trapped in their mind
In the dream of the past
Thought to be present.