To Get to the Other Side

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ID: Noola, my black rollator with flame decals.

Hey, I wrote a thing and it got published in Disability Acts!  To Get to the Other Side is available right now!

(I originally wrote this in 2017 but expanded the story upon the advice of the excellent editors I worked with.)

Cheers,
Cait G

Can Also, a poem

Can Also, a poem by Cait GordonSomeone you say is crazy rich
can also be extremely wealthy

Something you say is stupid
can also be so frustrating

Someone you say is an idiot
can also be a real jerk

Something you say is foolish
can also be quite risky

Someone you say is so OCD
can also be a person
who pays attention to detail

Something you say is frantic
can also be fast-paced

Someone you say giggles maniacally
can also laugh uncontrollably

Something you say is so lame
can also be bland or boring

Someone you say is mad for another
can also love them with abandon

Something you say is a dummy
can also be a mannequin

Someone you say
is crippling
your creativity
can also be trying
to teach you
to explore new possibilities

Something you say
can
hurt
someone
so maybe find another way
to say it.


Can Also © 2018 Cait Gordon. All rights reserved. No part of this poem may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without permission except in the case of brief quotations in critical articles and reviews. For more information, contact Cait Gordon.

Steps (A Poem)

cartoonSteps

One foot in front of the
other hurts.
My gait is off.
The people on the street
see me stagger.
I know they think I’m drunk.

My two legs have to
become three.
One is a stick.
It propels me forward but
there’s still pain.
If I stand still, I fall.

I’m now propped up by four
more legs.
These ones have wheels.
They’re truly my constant
companion.
With them, I begin to soar.

Until I’m met with a
closed door.
And only stairs.
Some places will not take
the steps I need
so that I can take mine.

Still, I push on and
roll along.
My voice is strong.
I will show you I
am still fierce.
And I’ve every right…

…to access the same space
as you.
I’m a person,
who puts one foot in
front of the other.
How about we find a way

to walk together?


Steps © 2017 Cait Gordon. All rights reserved. No part of this poem may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without permission except in the case of brief quotations in critical articles and reviews. For more information, contact Cait Gordon.