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


Don’t remember
One is in the habit of forgetting things a lot
You see, getting in to my mind
It’s amazing
Sometimes can talk about things and jump
From subject and throws up questions
Should ask this, ask that
Did I ask what I’d forgotten to ask?
There’s a wiggle and there’s a waggle
How could one describe the difference between the two?


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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