I’ve just finished a Marc Pye book called ‘Rewire’, which I really enjoyed (read it in 12 hours). It’s a story of two South London electricians that go up to Scotland to rewire a mental hospital (no no, it’s really good I swear) and events that happen in this small tight knit community, which is being terrorised by a local villain.
Anyway, the reason I’m making this post, is that there is a poem slotted into the book towards the end, and I KNOW that I’ve seen this before. I remember seeing it in a newspaper article a couple of years ago, and the writer of the article was saying that it was a mystery as to who had written the poem, but it was being circulated throughout hospitals etc. It’s about not forgetting that a mentally ill person was once a person, and it starts this way:
‘What do you see nurse, what do you see?
What are you thinking when you are looking at me?
A crabby old woman, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit with faraway eyes,
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply’
And on and on…
I don’t particularly admire the poem, but I was curious to see if there was a credit for the fact that Marc Pye hadn’t written it. (It’s definitely not his style)
I checked the front and the back of the book to see if there was any mention that the poem was inserted with credit to anyone else, and there wasn’t.
Which, moves me to ask; if a poem, or piece of writing is anonymous, can anybody lay claim to it?
It seems a bit dishonest to me… any ideas?