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After Lois Keith

I

Wheelchairs with straps

are very scary:

bound in, missing link.

immobilised.

II

Wheelchairs with

small wheels, you can’t reach:

restrictive, disempowering,

medicalised.

III

Wheelchairs at parties where

everyone else is standing:

Inferior, lower your eyes

talk slowly.

IV

Wheelchairs praying, behind pews.

Unholy. Sins of the father,

mother. Other!

V

Wheelchairs in institutions:

burden, useless eaters,

T4 or gas chamber?

VI

Old wheelchairs are made of

metal, like tanks and guns.

Many people are afraid of them.

Let’s flip it!

VII

Wheelchairs with humans in!

Ground-breaking, demonstrating,

law making.

VIII

Wheelchairs exploring the world.

Ramping it up. Freewheeling,

circulating.

IX

Wheelchairs grabbing at life,

freedom, curb kicking,

wheel kissing.

X

Wheelchairs finally seen,

skydiving, dirty dancing,

extreme skateboarding.

XI

Wheelchair envy, elitism.

Motorised, customised.

Breath taking.

XII

Wheelchairs high flying.

A winged chariot

for athletic Olympians.

XIII

Wheelchairs evolving,

state of the art engineering.

Just another layer of skin.


Tomorrow I Am Going To Re-write The English Language. Poem by Lois Keith

Olympians:

*Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson & David Weir aka The Werewolf’