Tuesday, 28 August 2018


I have friends with anosognosia,
Intelligent, gifted, mis-directed
Most people they encounter
Offer help, support, well-meaning
The psyche of the individual
Cries for help-
The individual ignores it
They do not see to needs of
The child within.

What to do as a friend?
Offer support, advice; but really
Doesn't make much difference
Appreciate their quirkiness,
Their personality, the humour.

But ultimately,
Someone living with an abused
lost lonely child-
Destruction caused spreads outwards
Give them a hug, concern, hello
And simply, move on.

© Amanda Derry

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Amanda Derry joined a Creative Writing class, following a breakdown, which played a significant role in her recovery. She now embeds literacy skills into classes that she teaches. Amanda also runs the Facebook Group, I Love Writing.