I have to let you know that Mama’s dying
And I don’t know how long it will take

We’ve been trapped inside 
    this disease for about ten years
I left her early in that time
     but for at least four years

She tried to buy me plane tickets
to see her

Reaching out from the inside trap
Straining to free thought
     through speech

Neutrons hopscotch
Over plaque cells
      Electrifying life

Sometimes less frequent
     Soon none
A sweet smile left for all

Plaque chokes slowly.  
      Memory fades
             and goes

Now, do you know?