ME Awareness week:
      Words escape, a poem by Derryan Paul








ME affects the brain.
Words escape. A sentence
on a page is meaningless,
and yet, you know there is
a meaning somewhere there.

If you are patient, read it
again, you understand.
You misread a word, altered
sense quite clearly expressed,
invented gibberish.

Poetry’s impossible.
A string of words, threaded
like beads down a page,
remains a mystery.
You fail to see the thread.

Writing is so difficult.
Letters misform. Typing
is hit-and-miss. Process
the words, and like a stick,
spell-check helps you to limp.

               Derryan Paul, 1997,  Mid Wales

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