TV Remote by Bogdan Dragos

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a thief had entered the house

and all

he stole

was the TV remote

Perhaps some prankster kid

because at times

the TV would act strange. So he’s probably

close and messing with them

there was only the two of them

home. The old man with

dementia and his

daughter, not a very young woman herself

unable to speak,

the old man

began to cry because he couldn’t

watch his favorite

cartoons on TV

and he cried and cried and kept crying

about it

It was too much

and, the daughter thought, it was

about time. About time she

left the past behind and

started her

own life. She was 39, childless,

no husband, no boyfriend, nothing.

Over the next few days

she arranged for the old man

to be placed into foster care. He was still


Sacrifices had to be made. She was wiping her

own tears when the

phone rang.

She picked up

and a nurse told her they’d taken her

father to the ER

as he wouldn’t stop crying

“Goodness, what happened to him? Is

he all right now?”

“Um, mam, this might be

difficult to hear but…”


“In the ER, they found a TV remote

lodged inside his



Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s writing always touches the realistic. And many times, it’s not something comfortable. Dementia and its ill-effects have a tremendous impact on those suffering from it and the ones who act as caretakers. This particular poem is high on the shock factor. One never knows which way Bogdan’s writing will swerve.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you!
      Best part is that I don’t know which way the writing will swerve either ╮ (. ❛ ᴗ ❛.) ╭
      And that adds up to 70% of the beauty of creative writing. The hardest part is starting…

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  2. All I can say is one word…shit.

    Obviously his farting didn’t change the channel… his favourite one

    A definitely realistic occurrence……

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    1. If the TV landed on any news channel, then I can understand the guy (︶︿︶)

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      1. Yes, obviously didn’t land on the right channel. Poor guy….

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  3. brittabenson says:

    Didn’t see that one coming… Outch. Intriguing and surprising. Will never look at my remote quite the same way again…

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    1. (☞゚ヮ゚)☞ I had a very different idea in mind when I started writing this, but, well, things happened along the way and now here we are…

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    1. Thanks! ٩( ᐛ )و

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  4. guardiandogg says:

    Wow. Some real master class work. That ending though.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. It was unexpected for me as well :))
      Thank you for checking it out! ◉‿◉

      Liked by 1 person

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    Quite a challenge living with someone who has dementia, there are moments of surprising clarity as well. This was a great piece that truly showed that side of this illness. The ending was surprising but now we know why he couldn’t watch those cartoons and he knew exactly what he was talking about. I have to admit it made me snicker out loud imagining the scene. Congratulations on your new publication Dragos. Joni

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    1. (*・‿・)ノ⌒*:・゚✧ Many thanks for checking it out! Much appreciated 🙂

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        My pleasure. I was a charge nurse in an Alzheimer’s unit in WA State for a six month contract. Once at dinner time I was checking to make sure all the patients were being feed in the dining room. I went in and it was empty. I started calling the staff to the nurses station and was getting a bit frightened when we found the side door had not been unlocked so one patient went to the door and just kept moving her feet. Everyone of the patients were in this long hall walking but getting no where I was so relieved to know they were all ok. They knew where the were supposed to be but someone on staff forgot to unlock the door. Great story and I think humor can be helpful at times. Sending hugs, Joni

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        1. Seems like that job could gift you with a lot of ideas for writing. That’s always great. And you’re right, humor can be quite helpful in dealing with pretty much anything

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        2. jonicaggiano says:

          You are certainly right. I love your creative emojis. You write very originally, I like it. Have a great evening. Hugs, Joni

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  6. ‘Best part is that I don’t know which way the writing will swerve either ╮ (. ❛ ᴗ ❛.) ╭
    And that adds up to 70% of the beauty of creative writing’

    I completely agree. …..

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  7. BBYCGN says:

    😳 Better reception?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I guess ┐(゚ ~゚ )┌

      Liked by 1 person

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