Disability and language

Discussion in 'Disabled Martial Artists' started by ShiroTora, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. ShiroTora

    ShiroTora Valued Member

    Some of you will be aware of my work with disabled athletes and Martial Artists.

    I'd like to share one of my favourite poems, by Lois Keith, a wheelchair bound writer who has this amazing take on the power of language.

    If this isn't the "JU" gentleness in Martial Spirit, I don't know what is!

    Tomorrow I am going to rewrite the English Language.
    I will discard all those striving ambulist metaphors
    Of power and success
    And construct new ways to describe my strength.
    My new, different strength.

    Then I won't have to feel dependant
    Because I can't stand on my own two feet.
    And I'll refuse to feel a failure
    When I don't stay one step ahead.
    I won't feel inadequate if I can't
    Stand up for myself
    Or illogical when I don't
    Take it one step at a time.

    I will make them understand that it is a very male way
    To describe the world.
    All this walking tall
    And making great strides.

    Yes, tomorrow I am going to rewrite the English Language
    Creating the world in my own image.
    Mine will be a gentler, more womanly way
    To describe my own progress.
    I will wheel, cover and encircle.
    Somehow I will learn to say it all.

    Lois Keith


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