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Why I Don't Write Poetry Anymore.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rated "G" by the Author.

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This is why I don't do poetry anymore. I am the StoryTeller here.

Look at me. What do you see when you see my picture??

Image (C) 2006, Karla Dorman.

I hope you take the time to read my stories.  I would rather people read my stories rather than my poetry.

It's happened again.  Another review on my poem, "Stressed Out".  I know I should be very grateful (at least I'm getting read!!), but the truth of the matter is this:  I don't write poetry anymore, nor will I ever do so again.  I don't like how I write poems, and besides, my twin sister is the poet of the family, NOT me.  Read/review HER poems, NOT mine.

Is that asking too much?  If so, I am going to have to stop writing, even if only for a while.  I know I write a lot about disability issues.  So what.  I feel it is an issue that needs to be out there, especially for those families who are going through some of what I write about, or for those families who have children with conditions like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, asthma/allergies, or multiple sclerosis, or those families who have children who suffer from rare, unfamiliar diseases like Tay-Sachs, Canavan disease/or any of the leukodystrophic diseases, progeria, cherubism, giantism, or xeroderma pigmentosum.

Autism seems to be the disability/disease of choice.  It's like the other disabillities or debilitating conditions or illnesses have been thrown by the wayside, and those who don't have autism or any autism like issues have seem to be forgotten by society, with nobody to speak up for them.

This is why I write about what I do.  I care about what happens to these people, and I think there's a huge need for children's (or young adult) books about physical disabilities or unfamiliar illnesses/diseases; that way people who are going through this won't feel so alone or forgotten.  In other words, I choose to be their "voice".

God's given me a gift to write about this; it's my passion.  Maybe it's because I am disabled, but I want people to know that even though we may walk with help or need special appliances/aids to help us get through life, we are not our disability:  we are people too, and we deserve to be noticed, recognized!!  Just because we are disabled in some way does NOT mean our minds are too!

Give us a chance to show you what we can do.  Don't make us prove to you what we can do; just let us do our thing and let us blow your socks off!  We are capable of so much; don't hide us away or give us less-than-desirable jobs, housing, or opportunities!  Don't hang onto the old school ideas that we should be hidden; let us be seen in broad daylight, and give us a fighting chance!!

Again:  we are people first.  Our disabilities, no matter how severe or how "obvious", should NOT matter!  Get to know the REAL person inside our bodies, and try not to judge us based on what you see!

I want people to know that even though I am disabled, I am a person, and I want them to treat me as they would want to be treated:  with dignity, compassion, and above all, respect!

So this is why I write the stories I do.  The message needs to be out there, and I think it would be a great idea if schools, churches, or places of business could offer "disability-awareness" classes or courses.  Let them "walk in our shoes" for a while, see what it's like to have to sit in a wheelchair.  Walk on crutches, a walker, or a cane.  Wear dark sunglasses or walk around with your eyes closed and try to find your way around.  Wear earmuffs or any other noise-reducing device, to see what life would be like if you were deaf or hard-of-hearing (as I am).  Try to do things using your non-dominant hand or act as if you were paralyzed.  Or pretend that you can't talk and try to make your needs known by pointing or writing things down.

I have done this, and it was an unbelievable, eye-opening experience. 

Maybe if schools, churches, or places of business could do something like this, people would have a little more understanding of what it's like to be disabled or see what people who are disabled have to go through just to get through a typical day!  It couldn't hurt!  And maybe people who are disabled would be accepted or even given opportunities to succeed when for years they have been given anything but!

I believe my stories could teach you a thing or two.  It could also teach you about tolerance or that even during the worst of times, you can get through them with God's help. 

This is a message I use time and time again in my stories.  I also write about adoption because I think it is a wonderful thing for a person to take somebody else's child and raise them as their own.  I have known some adoptive families in the past (one of the men was my teacher in junior high for two years), and they truly touched me.  I write about adoption as a way to pay tribute to those brave famillies who don't see race, age, abilities, or disabilities as an issue; all they see is a child in need of love, a home, and a forever family they could call their own.

Now if that isn't true love, then I don't know what is!

Well, I've stepped down from my soapbox.  I do hope you will stop by and read some of my stories (or at least take the time to comment on them; I'd love to hear your input!).  Thank you in advance, and thanks for understanding my feelings about my stories verses my poetry. 

~Regards,  Karen Lynn, the Texas Tornado.  :(

 


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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 3/23/2009
Karen you have a gift and we are lucky that you want to share it with us, wether its poems or stories. You're writing and creating . One can learn a lot from the stories you write. They contain a lot of good information about various diseases and help us to under stand the feelings of those afflicted........M ,,, As for the picture, I see you and much much more
Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello 3/23/2009
Hi Karen,
I like your stories, and I like your poems. What I see in the picture is a true friend. That's a great treasure for me.

Cynthia
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/23/2009
What I see in the picture? That is an evident of course! garages closed doors
For a brat that doesn't write poetry (according to the author) I see nowhere in AD, that had 115 reviews For a single poem.
Now, it is not about time for a little spanking? to get the derailed train over the rails again?

Georg

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 3/22/2009
Karen, you're one heck of a writer, and I don't think too many can boast having so many stories in the top twenty-five....and sometimes all at one time!
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/22/2009
Karen if you don't enjoy writing poetry then don't write it and keep your stories coming. As for reviews, take a look at my poetry I post. So keep sharing those important messages with us in your stories.

Newfie Hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 3/21/2009
Hi Karen, you are such a great advocate, and I like the way you inform and advocate. It is such a creative and wonderful tool.Thank you so much for sharing your awsome talent and passion.

With Love,
Cindy
Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/21/2009
ok ok, I get the message. ;-)
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 3/21/2009
Karen, you've eight sustaining stories in the top twenty-five. I struggle to get one in, and hope it'll hang around long enough to get to the top four or five. You're one hell of a writer and God has certainly given you a talent. I'm not a poet, not at all. But have found that occasionally I have words in my heart that must be put forward and the only way to do that is in the form of a poem. And after I submit I think, "I should not have done that." Because once my mental passion is spent, my words, to me, appear childish. Your words never appear childish. Mark Lichterman
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/21/2009
Just keep on writing Karen, in whatever form that you like best...
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/21/2009
I agree with Karla Karen, and as you know I read your stories, LOL,as Karla said be thankful for anything that is read, you see the number of reviews I get and still I write, dont feel the need to limit yourself, be grateful for all the exposure you get, and remember you and I have a reason to smile, as does Karla and so many others, the Lord is with us in all we do! As long as what we do is for his glory and your writing is...
God Bless
Michelle!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/21/2009
Ditto Felix on this one!!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/21/2009
As I have mentioned to you in past my friend, I do not think it has anything to do with the quality of your work...it is the quantity. to read a story takes more time and when you post multiple stories a day it takes a longer time than reading poetry. People are tracking sometimes 100 or more people and if they are working and have families to look after it is just a time issue. I am not saying there is anything wrong with posting so much only that is a possible reason why you do not get as many reviews on your stories as you do on your poems when you write them.

hugs
Fee
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/21/2009
Karen,

Be grateful you're getting read! That is the goal of every author here. I'd LOVE to get what you do on your poetry. Be happy with every review you get! You must be doing SOMETHING right. :)

And being disabled has NOTHING to do with your poetry! I know, I know, you like doing stories best, you think your poetry sucks. But you're getting read! Reviews!! Yes, you'd like more on your stories, but don't complain! Okay, kiddo?

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)


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