and wakes confused and tearful
frowning as a stranger strokes her face;
it is her distraught daughter
wiping dribble from the old lady's lips.
She used to be such a lively one
but now she's gone, Dorothy gone
crosswords untouched in years,
what dreams swirl in her broken brain?
The tragedy is she is not alone,
others exist in the care home lounge
with eyes that have left this world
a sight terrible to look upon,
now she's gone, Dorothy gone.