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Katie
by William Gregory

Friday, October 12, 2012
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A poem inspired by a young girl i met at a day centre for children.


 On a pink cushion, I see you lying there

You look so delicate, gentle & meek

Your eyes so wide & bright, they stare

They dart around the room to seek

Your smile lights up when you see

A face you recognise or a voice you know

It’s the first time you’ve met me

As with you, the toys, I then show

You reach out your hand to feel

The ones, I placed by your head

As close beside you, I then kneel

From you, not a word is said

You just laugh & look to see

Reach out with a clenched fist

You look, smile & laugh at me

My emotions must then desist

It’s so hard to see you there

You’re so beautiful & in need

Of attention, love & care

So my love I will then feed

When it’s time for you to eat

To “Get Up” is all you say

I put your shoes on your feet

Then in the sling you sway

Transferred to your chair

And wheeled to the dining room

The life you have isn’t fair

Your smile still lifts the gloom

With the care & love I serve

My tears, I‘ll hold, deep inside

For the life you don’t deserve

Then at home I’ll no longer hide

I can now express my grief

That’s what I have to do

It will give me some relief

Until the next time I see you

 

Copyright © William Gregory 2012

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/13/2012
It is interesting that you say you met her at a “day care center for children.” I am in a wheelchair and require three people to take care of me at great cost. Parents who choose to bring disabled children into the world (and those who consider “right to life” as their mantra) often find that they are overwhelmed when trying to take care of the needs of these children and end up farming them out to, “ day care, adult care, and elder care.”

I also personally know many disabled adults that were brought into the world as disabled babies. Their lives are not, “Blessed,” or any of the other euphemisms that people use to avoid the truth. Because they spend so much of their time just trying to live, they don't live a very quality life––mostly a very stressful one, and die when they no longer are cared for.

That's why I don't want to see any disabled children born––and they don't have to be. we condemn torture. This life is hard enough without living a torturous one because we were born that way.

Ron
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 10/12/2012
I think this is so sentimental....You were a terrific Father to her also.....Take care....



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