Four ancient women, memories gone, sit silently, watching TV.
Inhabitants of their own small world, everyone else is excluded.
I’m just one more smiling stranger, even to the one who birthed me.
These are my American Sentences, a poetic form originated by Allen Ginsberg, which might be considered the western version of haiku. They consist of a single sentence of seventeen syllables, written in a linear fashion.
“The format of American Sentences allows no excuse and serves as a reminder of the conditions, situation, atmosphere and shadow of the moment.” writes Paul Nelson, in his article on this interesting poetic form.
My sentences were inspired by a visit to my mother in law, who has Alzheimer’s Disease.
You can find more American Sentences at Read Write Poem, and new site for poetry sharing.