Wednesday, 12 April 2006

disabled people: available for sale on ebay!

I just had to laugh and laugh at something I saw on the net.... I saw something that had part of a poem which includes the line "I am a disabled person" and being how I love poems I went to Yahoo! and searched on that line...

Result number seven on the list was Shop for Disabled Person on Ebay

So there you have it, if you want your very own cripple you've just gotta head to ebay!

The ebay song says it best I think


Christamae said...


I think I know what poem your talking about. I performed the poem for conpetitive speech. The problem is "I am a disabled person" is not one of the original lines neither is "I am a person with a disability." Here's the poem in its unchanged context:

(Author Unknown)

I am the child who cannot talk.
You often pity me, I see it in your eyes.
You wonder how much I am aware of -- I see that as well.
I am aware of much, whether you are happy or sad or fearful,
patient or impatient, full of love and desire,
or if you are just doing your duty by me.
I marvel at your frustration, knowing mine to be far greater,
for I cannot express myself or my needs as you do.
You cannot conceive my isolation, so complete it is at times.
I do not gift you with clever conversation, cute remarks to be laughed over and repeated.
I do not give you answers to your everyday questions,
responses over my well-being, sharing my needs,
or comments about the world about me.
I do not give you rewards as defined by the world's standards -- great strides in
development that you can credit yourself;
I do not give you understanding as you know it.
What I give you is so much more valuable -- I give you instead opportunities.
Opportunities to discover the depth of your character, not mine;
the depth of your love, your commitment, your patience, your abilities;
the opportunity to explore your spirit more deeply than you imagined possible.
I drive you further than you would ever go on your own, working harder,
seeking answers to your many questions with no answers.
I am the child who cannot talk.

I am the child who cannot walk.
The world seems to pass me by.
You see the longing in my eyes to get out of this chair, to run and play like other children.
There is much you take for granted.
I want the toys on the shelf, I need to go to the bathroom, oh I've dropped my fork again.
I am dependent on you in these ways.
My gift to you is to make you more aware of your great fortune,
your healthy back and legs, your ability to do for yourself.
Sometimes people appear not to notice me; I always notice them.
I feel not so much envy as desire, desire to stand upright,
to put one foot in front of the other, to be independent.
I give you awareness.
I am the child who cannot walk.

I am the child who is mentally impaired.
I don't learn easily, if you judge me by the world's measuring stick,
what I do know is infinite joy in simple things.
I am not burdened as you are with the strife's and conflicts of a more complicated life.
My gift to you is to grant you the freedom to enjoy things as a child,
to teach you how much your arms around me mean, to give you love.
I give you the gift of simplicity.
I am the child who is mentally impaired.
I am the disabled child.

I am your teacher. If you allow me,
I will teach you what is really important in life.
I will give you and teach you unconditional love.
I gift you with my innocent trust, my dependency upon you.
I teach you about how precious this life is and about not taking things for granted.
I teach you about forgetting your own needs and desires and dreams.
I teach you giving.
Most of all I teach you hope and faith.
I am the disabled child.

I 've seen parts of the poem with the line changed. Sorry if that's not the right poem. :) I like parts of it but I don't want pity.

Hope your doing well. Have a great time in Madrid!!


Susan said...

I LOVE this TT. I may have to use it in the future.

karen said...

Such an inspiring list. You have so many wonderful people in your life.

I found you through Thursday Thirteen.

Lifecruiser said...

Ah, this was another touch of the TT, love it. I'm just a beginner, this is my third TT.

Undercover Angel said...

Great TT. My TT is up.


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