‘…words give me a fright…’

By October 2, 2014Blog

It’s National Poetry Day, I’m writing a radio ad for a client so I’m reading aloud variants of scripts and I remember a poem by Brian Patten called ‘Aphasia’.   This condition affects comprehension and initiation of speech.
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Aphasia
Brian Patten
I’m seven, and I’m dead bright,
But words give me a fright.
Words are bullies.
Sneaky things. They gabble and lie.
Sometimes trying to understand
Them makes me cry. Words hurt.
Words are all over the place.
They get shoved in my face.
I don’t know why but
Words make me cry.

I wish words were things
You could hug,
or that smelt nice.
I wish they came in bottles
Like fizzy-drinks, or melted
Like ice-cream. But they don’t.
Words are mean. They bully me.
Lock me away
From what I want to say.

I can’t even ask for help,
And I’m only seven
(And a bit).
Words spread nasty gossip.
They must. Otherwise why
Would people think I’m thick?

Words,
They make me sick
Inside.

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To find out more about the Association for All Speech Impaired Children visit afasic.org.uk

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