LBD Story: A Poem by Alexander Dreier
Alexander Dreier is a poet, comedian, published author, and also a person who happens to be living with Lewy body dementia (LBD). His new book, The Brain is a Boundry, is “a journey in poems to the borderlines of LBD.” We are delighted to share the title poem with his gracious permission.
The brain is a boundary.
On this side: glucose, hemoglobin, dopamine.
On the other: untamed lightness
of elephants treading the spirit savanna,
a parade of prophets on shining unicycles,
sackfuls of song slung over their shoulders,
saints cascading over a cragged rock face
into a lagoon fed by the spring of glimpses.
On that side, even the mosses speak clear
philosophy. A snowy egret stands alone,
open-eyed, her beak agape to the sun.
The border, like barbed wire, gives warning
of the sting attending unauthorized crossings,
but also weakens and crumbles with age,
allowing small ones to pass through unnoticed.