You say I have a disability?

You say I have a disability?

I have been told by people like you that I’m different,

That I’m unable to succeed,

That my slow comprehension will prevent my learning.

My life is a joke,

My ways will never compete with yours;

I’m slow, speechless, and special.

You say I have a disability.

 

My mom dresses me in the morning

My dad bathes me at night

All I can do for myself is blink.

But, I do not have a disability.

 

I have the ability to have joy.

I have the ability to have jealous.

I have the ability to have jaded.

I am able.

 

How can you

Someone that identifies as a respectable human

Call a mute “retarded”?

A mute is not retarded

He is only unable to articulate his thoughts.

His thoughts are more powerful than yours

He keeps his thoughts about you to himself.

You use your ability to talk for evil.

I do not have a disability.

 

I have the knowledge to know people have feelings

To know people have a heart

But not people like you.

People like you have the disability to misinterpret

The disability to mistreat

The disability to be meek,

I do not have a disability.

 

People like you should be called disabled

People like you should be the ones called names.

Heartless, harsh, and hurtful.

 

You should be called disabled.

I should be called able.

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