Living at Country Terrace inspires resident poet

Pictured above, Country Terrace resident Gloria Marks holds a copy of her poetry book.

Pictured above, Country Terrace resident Gloria Marks holds a copy of her poetry book.

‘Please Don’t Forget Us’ is composition about the importance of being remembered

Gloria Marks has been writing poetry for most of her life, and one of her recent poems caught the eye of Country Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Christie Patterson, who sent it to The OMNIway.

Gloria says the inspiration for her poem, entitled Please Don’t Forget Us, was inspired by living at the Komoka long-term care home. The poem is a reflection on aging and the fact that the “older generation” should never be forgotten.

Raised in an orphanage, Gloria says she began writing poetry at around age 16. With the help of a niece, Gloria’s poetry has been published in a book, and her poems have been read across North America.

“I have written poetry my whole life and it has been published in Canada and the States, too,” Gloria tells The OMNIway. “My niece has been a big help – she always liked my poetry and she (published) my poetry in a book and wrote my life story at the front of (the book).”

Gloria lives at Country Terrace with her husband, Fred. She and Fred did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels when they lived in Kitchener, and the organization has published Gloria’s poetry in its newsletter.

“Everyone at Meals on Wheels got that poem,” she says with pride.

Here is the poem Gloria wrote for Country Terrace:

Please Don’t Forget Us
Here we are at last amid the older generation
Where did all the years go when we were so young and full of Pride.
Have you forgotten us?
We deserve to be known and not set aside.
To be ignored is not right.
Treat us as we deserve – not like children.
A smile and a Hello would be nice instead of passing us by.
This could happen to you someday.
Look Back Look Back into the crowd and make yourself Proud
That you helped so many people who needed You!

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