On 29th September, writer Sarah Butler worked with Elders Company members to explore the language used about age and ageing.

She took inspiration from the words the group came up with, and the conversations they had about them to create this mini-collection of poems.

A Dictionary of Age

Bed-blocker

We dreamt the NHS
brought it into life
with smudged ink
stamped onto card
after card
after card

Beginning

Let’s start over
every time the sun lifts itself
above the rooftops

Freedom

To dance if I want to
to cry if I please

Past-it

Past what?
Says who?
I am stepping into the future
always

Vintage

Wine
cars
clothes
we are all the rage

Wrinkly

Time as a passing gift
taken in both hands