Here we are, Day 30 and I met the challenge, 30 poems in 30 days. Not bad for my first time!
Do You Know?
Do you know what it’s like not to be heard, to have your integrity questioned, to be told you’re a faker just plying for attention that there’s nothing wrong just go home and sleep it off.
Do you know how it feels not to be believed that your lying, making things up, causing it, making it happen that there’s something wrong with you, physically.
Have you been told your actions aren’t pure just a mirage, not real—fake? Do you hide that part of yourself that others ridicule just to keep the relationship intact?
Are you ashamed of your lack of control and embarrassing those around you? Do you keep quiet in fear you’ll be misunderstood, are that one all the others avoid?
And do you keep silent to avoid sidelong glances, biased remarks and judgements?
Do you know what it’s like to be ridiculed in movies and on television, just to exploit your challenges and simply to make money off of your suffering.
Do you know some chronic diseases aren’t considered disabling, that your condition isn’t considered long-term despite there being no cure.
Do you know how hard it is to be called ‘different’ and the challenges children and young adults face trying to be ‘normal’ in their interactions with peers.
Do you know what it’s like to be thrown into a tailspin, your life turned inside out, losing all that was familiar, the growth and independence gained since childhood.
Do you know what it’s like to be 50 with a body and mind of an 80-year-old? Do you know how good your life is if you answered no to ‘all of the above’?
If you don’t do you know why?
Such profound thoughts on the last day, eh?
Enjoy your weekend!
Good-bye April showers,
Hello May flowers!