Our Lady of Perpetual Dementia


Whatever pain you feel
We will never ever know
Neurons—snow-covered branches
Soul—so much electric meat


Depth Charge: Some conscious sources for this poem include re-reading poems and writings from 30 years ago about my grandmother’s slow death from Alzheimer’s; the equation of “soul” to “electric meat” comes from hearing Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine, speaking on CBC radio’s Tapestry–the second half-hour; and the central visual image comes from looking at the snow-covered branches outside my window.

To read Songs about Sex, Death & Cicadas by Andrew Grimes Griffin, just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”


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