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

Under the weather

Don’t take notice of me
If I look a bit crotchety
A nuisance when you
Wake up, under the weather
Hot, big sweats.  Then it wears off.
And some mornings, up early
It’s me feet, pains round ankle.
Comes and goes – ‘You come and go’
A friend, she’s always singing that
Linda, some time ago…
Feels better during the day
Comes and goes, here we go –
Don’t like the ankle more than anything
Just when I wake up – Come and
Go, like everything else
Like I say – up and down
Like I say – comes and goes
Wake up feeling under weather
But haven’t got me umbrella

 

 

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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