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

Birds    

Look there
She’s come back again
Like one of those nosey people
Flying in and out.
There’s another one to take her arm
Likes to know all your business.
Look at the wall – she’s back
Ooh she’s nosey, they come
Have a nose round
Go and come again.

Get on your nerves,
They wait ‘til you’re there
They come to your house and
See if you’re alright or all wrong.
She is a mixer, a mixermighter.
They’ve got their dinner and
Nothing to do, just
Nose, nose around
Nosey.

I go mad, nosey bastards, swearing
All the time –
If I see her in the street I will say
‘Keep away from me
You nosey old cow’ –
Wants to know if you’ve been to bed
Been to bed
Wants to know if you’ve had dinner    
Had dinner.
They fly in and out
All they do is look –
Come and watch you –
And tell tales.

 

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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