Friday, September 21, 2007

Misnomer No More

a new poem - also over at A Different Light

MISNOMER NO MORE

Misnomer
Miss No More

Mislabels
Unsuitably attached

To the back of my wheelchair
An airline ticket that says luggage

To my refusal to take pain meds
A charted note : noncompliant

To the table in the darkest ugliest corner of the restaurant
A blue handicapped sign

To when I do ordinary things
The term inspirational

To when I do things differently
The word pity

Misnomers
Knee jerk responses, unfair to one whose knee only spasms

I am not yours to label
To patronize, to judge

To reflect
Meaning
That is yours, not mine.

Copyright 2007 Ruth Harrigan

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