A Living History

This is not a painting

It is a living family history

Not just an abstract splash of color

But, a life’s journey

A story that began a lifetime ago

Moving 2500 miles to Alberta

Building a little house in the big woods

Raising his family near a Cree Indian village

By the shores of Calling Lake

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This is a story of mid-life change

to the big city of Edmonton

Becoming a respiratory therapist

A new career of serving others

Retiring to a condo

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Memory fading to dim

More than Mother can care for

Her brain tumor required attention

Care needed for both

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End of like can be full of surprises

This is not a painting

It is our family’s story

Painting: Dwight L. Roth 1-2013

Today at d’Verse, Mish asked us to choose an object, that means something special to us, and write a poem beginning with the line… “This is not a _________” Eight years ago we flew to Edmonton, AB to make care arrangements for both of my wife’s parents. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor and her father was suffering from Alzheimer’s. It was a traumatic time for all of us. When we finally returned home the end of January, I poured my emotions into this painting depicting their life in Alberta. To me, this is much more than a painting. It is a piece of family history!

Join us at: https://dversepoets.com …click on Mr. Linkey and read more poems.

86 thoughts on “A Living History

  1. Thank you for sharing this family history, Dwight. It sounds like your parents-in-law had interesting and adventurous lives. Sorry to hear of their troubles at the end, but I’m sure they were glad of your help and support.

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  2. A wonderful artistic tribute to the full and interesting lives of two people, well loved. A lovely way to get past the sad end memories to the exciting lives that preceded. We’re privileged you shared.

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  3. A heart-touching journey and memories for you and your family. So sad that your wife’s parents had to endure such difficult medical issues. 😦
    Your beautiful painting captures the story…the times, Dwight. And your poem/words are a wonderful pairing to your painting…a gift…a treasure to future generations.
    Is there a way you could put your poem with the painting…on the back, or put them in a frame together?
    (((HUGS)))

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