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

I’m not used to anything like this

Today I was supposed to go to the day centre.
It didn’t eventuate.
Didn’t turn up, which was unusual.
Sitting here like a shag on a rock.
That came from another country.
I don’t think it was from New Zealand.
It was Oz.
Quaint sayings come from Australia I can assure you.
Some of them you can’t use.
If you go to any place like that you’ll get something.
Colloquial… something like what I just said.
I didn’t get it quite right.

 

 

 

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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