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

All of a sudden

I know I’m being funny –
No one to talk to,
They nod,
I mean – here, see, look –
You hear people like that,
They come in
All of a sudden.
That’s why I don’t talk –
You can tell they don’t really
Want to talk to you
I know I’m getting funny
She never looks at anybody

 

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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