Read: a poem written by an older person with dementia who took part in a recent PEN project

 

 

Do you know Pakenham Street?

Lived there for years
Islington.
Cos I think anyone who lived in Islington – they
Seem to send them here, do send them here.
We got bombed out down there.
Windows got blown in so we had to move.
That’s how I came to Shoreditch.  Yeah.
Used to hear the bombs
Coming down.

 

 

This poem came out of a project English PEN ran with Living Words in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

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