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Domestic Violence and Abuse

Every time I step outside – Disability Spoken Word [CC]

Every time I step outside I’m conscious of what I present, Because
With a body like this, it’s hard not to constantly consider what it is I represent, It’s hard not to analyse the stares as I walk down the street, Or to be to too overly concerned with how I plant my feet, It’s hard not to feel the burden of misconception
As I push past gazing eyes filled with false perception, And it’s hard not to be caught up in how I move, And how my happiness is something I always have to prove, It’s hard not to laugh as you tell me I inspire you, Because at the end of the day, I’m not exactly sure have no idea what I’ve inspired you to do, Because as you look at me I can tell all you want to see is struggle, And that’s what causes me the most trouble, You are too wrapped up in the romance of overcoming adversity, To make accessibility a common courtesy, And you see a problem that’s too great, While dismissing the small things as if they don’t hold enough weight, As if they are only done for political correctness, And not to make us seem a little less helpless, Your only answer is to pray, And that God will help take it all away But what about if this is just me, And there’s no one else I’d rather be, Maybe this body of mine, Maybe it does just fine, And the thing that has to change it you, Because these things we are fighting for don’t just affect a few, I don’t understand how a little more consideration is such a hard sell, When you never know one day these things might affect you aswell

Cesar Sullivan

23 thoughts on “Every time I step outside – Disability Spoken Word [CC]

  1. OH MY GOD, ROBYN, SLAY ME!!!! THIS SPOKE TO ME SO STRONGLY! "You're too wrapped up in the romance of overcoming adversity to make accessibility a common courtesy"! My eyes filled with water!!!

  2. I wish I could 'like' this a million times.


    I feel so inspired now…JK. But seriously this was so empowering, I just want to go punch ableism in the face & simultaneously roll down a giant hill in my wheels screaming all the things I love about my disabled body. so much perfection in your words. 💪💪💪 -Victoria x

  3. omgomgomg this is so good. like right on point. THANK YOU ROBYN! thank you for calling people out. this was everything!

  4. So educational and the talent is off the hook. I don't see how you can put so many true statements into such an elequent form. It basically takes me an hour to describe to those that don't deal with these issues in what you relay in under two minutes. The sadest part is I think after an hour they still dont' get it. I can associate with what you say, I hope that the way you say it can also be absobed by others that don't deal with these issues or if its just us that can relate that get it.

  5. This is absolutely beautifully written. I love this so much, thank you for writing this for all of us out there! <3

  6. Hey Robyn,

    Writer/blogger, and lady with CP here. And I adore that line, "I'm not sure what it is I've inspired you to do." EXACTLY. What have we, the disability community, inspired people to do? Not give up? That's not limited to disability–that's called hanging in there, sticking with it, and getting things done. Be nice to other people? Seriously??? You're gonna go there? Because if you need a PWD to teach you how to be a nice person, how'd you make it out of second grade? Follow your dreams? Well then, why aren't PWDs allowed to follow theirs? If they can't tell me I've inspired them to actually do something concrete to better themselves and better their world, then they need to find another word, or better still, shut up.

    Hmmm. Did I just write a spoken word poem?

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