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 This piece is also known  as Stevie's Song and Challenge The Day. It was inspired by a man named Stevie who had Cerebral Palsy, so badly that he would stumble to where you could hear him hit the door into political or community meetings and when he spoke, which was often, you could not understand him well. People hated to listen to him and tried on numerous occasions to make those running the meetings tell him to stop speaking and coming. Amazed by his courage, l always stuck up for him. I then penned this for him and to shame the people who wished to deny him his time to speak. 
As usual I have a lot to say, but for your sake I’ll try to be brief.
I know, I bring at least a smile to all your faces when I walk into
the room after all no one has ever accused me of not being able to
make an entrance, but at least I make the effort to enter.
When I speak, I know it is difficult for you to understand me.
I see the faces of confusion in the room and I sense your impatience.
You may be surprised to learn that over the years,
I have acquired a knack for recognizing these things in people.
I don’t mind you poking fun at me when I talk too long.
As you know, I do get a little carried away sometimes,
but at least I have something to say and the courage to say it.
I don’t blame you for getting tired of hearing me.
I get tired of hearing myself sometimes,
but unlike you I don’t have the option of turning away.
Some people look at me and see a handicapped person,
others may see me as being physically challenged.
Frankly, I’m not convinced of either description.
Yes, every day does pose new hurdles for me,
but with an unyielding desire to make a contribution to
and play my small role in the greater society 
I think I challenge the day.
My mere presents makes each of you
aware of your own boundless potential
by constantly posing the question:
             “Why can’t I....?”

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 7/4/2013 12:21:00 AM
,"tremendously awesome........... congrats!!! SKAT"
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Kim Morrison
Date: 7/4/2013 5:33:00 AM
Thank You SKAT! This one does seem to strike certain people more than others.
Date: 5/27/2013 3:57:00 PM
I have been reading all of your poems and have not commented, wanting to read each and everyone first. I truly believe you are the most gifted poet on these pages. I write mostly in rhyme because as a budding poet that was all I had ever seen and I have a natural knack for counting syllables without counting them. I think perhaps I will be able to write a passable free verse if I study your style enough. (but you are not infallible. You have a spelling error in this one.) Love, Joyce
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Date: 5/27/2013 4:17:00 PM
I thank you for the lovely comment Joyce. I just checked this one again with the spell checker by transferring what is here to word and it comes up spelling error free.
Date: 5/27/2013 1:44:00 PM
Superb presentation and inflection. I love such challenges and it never ceases to strike me who I'm challenged by.
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Kim Morrison
Date: 5/27/2013 2:12:00 PM
Thank You Sheree!
Date: 5/12/2013 1:14:00 PM
To recognize our own potential is a great gift indeed! Thanks, Kim, for speaking up for Stevie!
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Date: 5/10/2013 6:12:00 PM
Kim, this poem is very interesting, and right to the point. thank you for sharing~ LINDA
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Kim Morrison
Date: 5/10/2013 7:41:00 PM
Written by a irritated writer, me, who was inspired by a man named Stevie with Cerebral Palsy that was constantly picked on and discriminated against just because he wanted to take part in things. They are lucky the unpleasant writer did not rear his head.
Date: 5/10/2013 5:13:00 PM
lol. Good line with "I don't have the option of turning away". I like, Kim. Licia :-)
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