santa claus lives with dementia

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Unbeknownst to most of the world, Santa was diagnosed some time ago with Alzheimer’s disease. Luckily, he has a great support system at the North Pole, and Mrs. Claus knows exactly what to do to keep him engaged with life, as well as healthy and happy.

Whatever we believe is real.

santa claus lives with dementia

by punkie 2017

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“alzheimer’s it is”
the doc says to the clauses
“no cure in sight,
and no clue to the causes

“write your will, take a pill,
give in to your fate
there’s nothing to do
with this disease we all hate”

but the clauses aren’t ready
to throw in the towel
they decide to live on
even if cheek by jowl

the mrs. she knows
it brings santa great joy
to distribute fun gifts
to the world’s girls and boys

she assembles the team
the deer and the elves
“we need to help Santa,
he’s not feeling himself”

“he worries dementia
may cause him to lose
the man he is now —
not to mention his shoes!”

“i want to give meaning
to the life he’s now leading
you’re his friends, ’til the end
for your help i am pleading.”

mrs. clause is no fool
she knows he will change
so she learns how to care
and avoid feeling deranged

she takes deep yoga breaths
in and out, one, two, three,
she gets him to bounce
little kids on his knee

she agrees with her husband
even when he is wrong
defuses tough times
by singing him songs

she never will argue
no, that would be stupid
instead she heaps on
stuff delivered by cupid

to go with his flow
is always her goal
‘cause deep down inside
he’s still the same soul

if he gets angry,
which sometimes he does
i’m sorry,” she says
“i must be the cause.”

these simple ways
are true magic tricks
make it easy as peasy
to engage with st. nick

and the coolest thing is
that by giving more hugs
santa’s wife keeps her husband
off all those bad drugs

it allows him to function
to not go berserk
which in turn makes his wife
want to stand up and twerk

mrs claus is so grateful
she allows me to quote
the model that keeps
the clauses afloat:

these bangs are the best
way forward to glean
skills to stop me and he
from causing a scene!”

the elves and the deer
are in on the game,
their part is designed
to stop stigma and shame

though he often forgets
and becomes more confused
life’s ups and downs
keep santa amused

he works in the shop
tiny elves by his side
it helps him feel useful
and nurtures his pride

they buoy up his spirit
give esteem a big boost
stop fear and depression
finding somewhere to roost

and then on the eve
of the christian big day
rudolph the red
is in charge of the sleigh

they fly through the sky
every year without fail
dementia or not
with the wind at their tail

if the clauses can to it
ho ho so can you
make the best of the worst
by changing your view

seek blessings not curses
in life’s wildest ride
hold a hand, still your heart
let love be your guide

be like santa: believe
you have what it takes
to make every day christmas
when despair you forsake

 

©2017 Susan Macaulay. I invite you to share my poetry widely, but please do not reblog or copy and paste my poems into other social media without my permission. Thank you.

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