Voices That Shine

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This poem/song is to raise awareness and make a difference for people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Help me join in and spread kindness and acceptance everywhere.

Submitted: February 04, 2014

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Submitted: February 04, 2014

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From the time she was born,

She wasn’t given a chance.

She was shunned, not even a caring glance.

They called her an idiot, freak and retard.

She didn’t show it, but inside she was torn apart.

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She learned to walk much later.

Kids in her class would say, "I hate her."

They didn’t look at her.

It was more like a stare.

They said all kinds of mean things

And didn’t even care.

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She asked her Mom why they do these things.

Mom, they also make up mean lyrics and sing.

In the hallway and on the playground,

Not caring if anyone can hear them, or is around.

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You were born different she said.

So her Mom decided to lock her away

And she waited for a bed.

Perhaps she wished she was never born,

Or maybe even dead.

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All because her intellectual and physical ability

Wasn’t equivalent to others,

Let’s hide her away they thought,

Even her mother.

She wasn’t the only one.

There were many others.

People we didn’t know,

Cousins and brothers.

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If you think that’s bad,

It was even worse.

Back in history, people like her

Were thought to be cursed.

Possessed by evil spirits,

They wore amulets to expel them out.

They didn’t see good caring people,

Are what they are all about.

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They were locked in idiot cages.

For town’s people to see.

Having no key to escape and be free.

They ended up on the ship of fools.

They were treated so cruel.

Dropped off at a port and left on their own.

They were confused, scared and all alone.

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We’re standing up for every last one.

This glorious journey has only just begun.

Let’s stand together and unite.

All differences aside, kind words are our fight.

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We are changing the way it is through our voice.

We can do this. Let’s make the choice.

We are the voices that shine.

We are all part of one mankind.

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From there they were herded together

In overcrowded rooms.

Hoping someone would rescue them soon.

With meds given between morning and night,

The sun beaming through the vertical bars

Was their only light.

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They may have lost their choices,

But not their will.

Hand in hand, they will overcome.

They aren’t going to take it sitting still.

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They moved into the employment field,

Day program and group home.

They were encouraged to make choices

And do things on their own.

Not all had to live this way.

Some have families to love them,

And be with them every day.

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They have hearts and they do feel.

Their hopes and dreams are real.

They are special and unique,

Just like you.

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They have so many talents.

They are able to do.

Some people are unable to do things for themselves,

Like walk or speak.

But they comprehend, have a kind heart,

And are stronger than you think.

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They are not people with disabilities.

They are people with abilities you see.

They are the same as you and me.

So why do we attach the prefix dis

To the word ability when we refer to them?

It’s not the way it has to be,

But always has been.

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Nobody has the ability to do it all.

So why do we call them different

And build a wall?

The wall is built brick by brick,

All at once, or over time.

From discriminatory thoughts

Created in our own mind.

Us over here, them on that side.

Break down the barrier and help.

Let’s say we tried.

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We’re standing up for every last one.

This glorious journey has only just begun.

Let’s stand together and unite.

All differences aside, kind words are our fight.

****

We are changing the way it is through our voice.

We can do this. Let’s make the choice.

We are the voices that shine.

We are all part of one mankind.

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We have come a long way.

Let’s keep moving on,

Making it better for them, each and every day.

Right now is a brand new start.

Do what you can and listen with your heart.

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Compassion and caring is what they long for.

All across the world, let’s open a new door.

Take my hand and let’s walk through.

To a new future for them,

Better than they ever knew.

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Let’s leave all the discrimination behind.

Acceptance is something they need to find.

Let’s join together and make them hear.

Words can wound, but they can also heal.

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Let’s bury history in the past.

Let’s make their legacy last.

Take the torch

And pass it through the population.

And listen to the voices that shine 

Echo through the nation.

 

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Thanks to Mei Mei who helped me with my photo. I told her I wanted a hole in the wall. She sent it to me with a heart shape. I love her idea.

 

 


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