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Poet’s epiphany after nursing his very sick mother until the end

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21.09.2019

Poet and Nagasaki resident Konosuke Fujikawa, 57, "conversed" with his mother with his eyes, not words.

A piece he penned, titled "Haha no Manazashi" (The look in my mother's eyes), goes: "There are times when my mother looks fixedly at me/ With eyes that haven't changed at all over the years/ Her face is without the slightest hint of Alzheimer's/ Her eyes are exactly those of my mother who gave me birth and raised me."

His mother, Kiyoko, was 60 when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer-type dementia that gradually eroded her ability to walk, talk or eat.

Fujikawa, who was........

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