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I Am Not - A Poem by Sheila Radziewicz

  • Published: 2011-02-26 (Revised/Updated 2016-06-12) : 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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