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Ferris, Jim / Facts of life
(2005)

Poet of cripples,   p. 7


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Poet of Cripples 
Let me be a poet of cripples, 
of hollow men and boys groping 
to be whole, of girls limping toward 
womanhood and women reaching back, 
all slipping and falling toward the cavern 
we carry within, our hidden void, 
a place for each to become full, whole, 
room of our own, space to grow in ways 
unimaginable to the straight 
and the narrow, the small and similar, 
the poor, normal ones who do not know 
their poverty. Look with care, look deep. 
Know that you are a cripple too. 
I sing for cripples; I sing for you. 
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