by Mick Casey
This is a person with a disability and not 'being a mistake'.
I have been writing from a young age & it was always importanted to me to get things down on paper, you could said that I have put my life on paper. Because I had a speech problem - it come easy to me to write things down but not eveything! Having said all of that, I had to work very hard on my writing! Since I moved to Dublin in 1992 & went back to night school to do English - my writing impoved a lot, I wrote a poem called 'Mistake' - I wrote this poem because I use to feel that I was a mistake because of my disbility - I'm not a Mistake. I got the idea for this poem from my mother & the way I felt about how she looked upon me as a person with a disbility - because of the disabiliy I had, I always felt that I was a mistake - I Am Not a Mistake!
I was at a friend's house a while ago & two little girls called with their mother, with one girl – she had to do some reading for her homework & so three adults was helping her with her reading, want we did was each one would read a page out loud - it was great the way we did it & it made me think, it must be awful not to be able to read or write.
I am Very Happy that I went back to School.
I may have a disability
I may need a career
But no need to be ashamed of me
At times I do get angry & annoyed
Sometimes I’m ashamed of me
But you – are you ashamed of me?
I’m the one – who live with this
Who heard the whispers & laughs
But I am your child
I come through a lot
And put up with a lot too
But I Am Not a Mistake