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I Am Not - A Poem by Sheila Radziewicz

Published : 2011-02-26 - Updated : 2016-06-12
Author : Sheila Radziewicz

Synopsis* : I Am Not is a poem written by Sheila Radziewicz that defines her life as a woman with a disability.

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"I Am Not" is a poem written by Sheila Radziewicz that defines her life as a woman with a disability.

I AM NOT

Mangled, frail, delicate infant
Weak, poor, ignorant infant, I was NOT!

You did not have the power
to define my fate with Death

Cripple, feeble-minded, pitiful child
Unable, immobile, lame child, I was NOT!

I defied your prediction, then
I deny your position, now

Undetermined, incapable, paralyzed woman
Lessen, negative, powerless woman, I am NOT!

Fear forced your prediction of my Death
Fear created your insecurity
Fear does NOT rule me

Complete, strong, unbreakable infant
bold, healthy, aware infant, I WAS!

I chose to prove you wrong
The power to live was mine

Whole, intelligent, witty, child
Able, mobile, bright child, I WAS!

I believed in myself
I knew success was coming

Determined, capable, secure woman
Brave, confident, powerful woman, I AM!

I fought against your fear
I fought against your insecurity
I chose LIFE when you would Not!

By Sheila Radziewic (c)

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Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Sheila Radziewicz. Electronic Publication Date: 2011-02-26 - Revised: 2016-06-12. Title: I Am Not - A Poem by Sheila Radziewicz, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/communication/poetry/i-am-not.php>I Am Not - A Poem by Sheila Radziewicz</a>. Retrieved 2021-05-09, from https://www.disabled-world.com/communication/poetry/i-am-not.php - Reference: DW#325-7085.