Grandmother Reclaimed:Featured Poem From Carving Out a Voice
Grandmother Reclaimed is one in a series of poems about my partner’s 86 year old schizophrenic grandmother who has been institutionalized for most of her adult life. Her condition worsened when she was lobotomized in the 1950’s, a barbaric procedure used on the mentally ill back in the day.
My partner began to take an active role in her grandma’s life shortly after we got together. Since then she has moved her to a nursing home only a few miles from our house and grandma is now a cherished part of our lives.
My partner has gone to great lengths to research and come to understand schizophrenia and how it affects grandma. She has talked about one day writing a book about it based on grandma’s life. I would love for her to do it. Her writing has always been meaningful and a pleasure to read. This poem is no different; it’s an honor and a privilege to watch her grow as a writer 🙂