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

Lived a life    

Nobody here asks what you did
In your life
It seems they seem to think
We were put on earth with broken legs
And have come for sympathy

Nobody wants to listen
I’ve had a stroke
Words don’t come out
And they say ‘Yes, yes’ –
Don’t really want to know

It sounds silly
But it’s quite true                                
We have all lived a life

 

 

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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