See my ability, not my disability,
See me for what and who I am,
I am an extraordinary human being just like you,
I can do many and sometimes more things than you can do,
Seek not to pity me,
And I will not pity you,
I seek understanding and love,
I give my love unconditionally,
So why can’t you
Just accept me for all that I am.
Don’t feel sorry for me for what I cannot do,
See my courage,
And you too will have the courage
To see my flame of hope,
And maybe you will see how I can teach you cope,
When all else is done,
When my battles are won,
We can by working together give this world a special gift,
When we Share the Feeling,
We can all get a much needed lift.
(dedicated to my very special nephew, Simon Boyd)
A depth of beauty unseen
Hidden beneath your simple soul
Smiling, happy, disabled
Comfortable without and within.
And what of us the beings of intellect?
Are our minds disabled by our blindness
To these special souls of Olympian stature?
These laughing guileless people
Loving and being loved as we never can
With our superficial needs and empty hearts
Bereft of niceness and self-knowledge.
Come, you wondrous champions into our midst
Overwhelm us with your capacity for joie de vivre.
Your endless enchantment and innate goodness
Shames us to the core
We of mind and body intact
Let us be taught by you.
As Missionaries to the godless,
You disarm and charm
And leave your mark behind,
Eroding the evil around us.
You are as rainbows in the fairyland
In darkness a multitude of lights,
Rekindling the spark that was our humanity
In a caring age.
Bewitching is your innocence and
Music your laughter to our souls.
You are the DIFFERENCE.