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Some other Culture? / 18 June 2012

I'm back among people I should theoretically have some understanding of and connection to. Back in a culture that should feel familiar, if not comfortable. Back wondering how to rejoice and celebrate difference and diversity while committing to integration and equality of opportunity, comprehension and access.

I say I don't want to be seen as different, but what I probably mean is that I don't want my difference to be seen as alien; I still need to be accepted as me; an individual with unique properties. Maybe I just want 'Difference Easing'...

Integration, what does it imply? Do I confuse the issue with the nature of my uniqueness? As a chairborne entity, my identity has been shaped by my dependence on wheels. I have things in common with other wheelborne that wheelless cannot do better than empathise with.

Wheelborne often battle similar obstacles, creating a shared body of experience, a non-verbal recognition and communication that has grown out of adversity. Do we know any other way to cherish our Disability Culture? Would, could, wheelless accept a Disability Culture not grounded in The Struggle? Would we?

Integrated, would we still have it? Would we still need it?
 

The shock re-acquaintance with

the alien-cold loo seat,

a repeated reluctance;

negachieva echoes in,

chatters through, my annual

rehabilitation.

Expectation revisits

this repeated sound

with no hope of accuracy

or comprehension.

Negachieva - going nowhere?

unlike the fast closing

elevator door proclaiming:

Door- e mashy- mashy.

Silly flights of alien

fantasy, fun until

one day I get real language.

But that has toupee

sm'otherplace, smother time.

A summer stay when

tapestry snot twirly, halves

heaven snot tool eight. Domo

arigatou gazaimasu.

 
 

 


 

 

Keywords: identity,integration,poetry,wheelborne