Thursday, 16 April 2009


Many of the older people who made these poems were struggling with their pain. Others seemed to find a kind of peace, which helped them deal with it...

It’s hard at first to take painkillers
but you get used after a while
and you take them for peace sake
and it helps you to get back to your act

You’ve always been used to not having them
you’d never been poorly at all
and then you started to be ill
never missed a day in your life

Just keep trying and trying: finally you do
couldn’t swallow them quick enough
and so you become a singer and a dancer
happy as a sunboy now

Emily Thyme

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