Saturday, 6 June 2009

A lad with learning difficulties says

‘What you doing? Eh?

 What you need?’

‘Er Money! Sex. Ah Stuff!’

‘What else you need?

‘A drink, a talk,

 to boss, fight, swear, win, sloth,

 to rule, to dig, to leap,

 in fame and fashion, debt and hope.’

‘Thanks very much.

I say more:

Friends, Food,

Stories, Games,

Music, Smiles.

Thanks very much?!’


  1. In college I took 2 Semesters of "Music Therapy" with the cooperation of a half-dozen Down's teens. I smiled so much more than I cried. As luck would have it, it was my last "class" on Friday afternoons. To this day I miss the hugs. The laughter. The one that sometimes had to hold my hand from the moment I came into the room until we parted. For all those who doubt the presence of angels, I would beg to differ.


  2. Nice post John Lavan, I am corvid2 on Twitter. I follow you. This shows a wonderful understanding of language. Pure empathy!

  3. Like conversations I have had or overheard,,j.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this. I like it.