in a Child Development Class
in the late 1960s
that a Baby or Child placed
in an institutional Setting
without interaction needed
would become retarded in growth.
My heart knew that was true.
While it is definitely better now,
we place Elders in Boxes
away from the River of their Lives
and those that they love.
An increasingly fast-paced
and foreign World
swirls and spins around them.
I wonder about the effects:
silence, confusion, disorientation,
dementia, and who knows what else?
So why do we do this?
They are part of us.
We are part of them.
Yes, we have issues,
those issues are in our faces
in critical transformation times,
and sometimes those issues are unresolved.
But surely there is a better way.
The more we cherish and honor them,
the more we cherish and honor our common humanity.
They have stories and wisdom
essential to helping us along the path.
We are looking for a new Way.
Glinda Crawford, 2010