Today is International Disability Day and here is a poem I have written today especially for it.
The Flower of Disability by Neil William Holland
Sometimes a flower lies waiting there
sometimes fine blooms lie latent there
but there they are and there they bloom.
Some flowers take longer in our care
but love and heart can grow them where
they reach for life that they may bloom.
How rare these flowers that take a while
who ask so little, just love and care,
who bear such pain behind their smile,
young lives who simply want to share
a chance to grow and bloom.
With rainbow smiles of every hue
who just love life like me and you,
embrace them now in all you do
that you may bloom.
Respect is all that’s asked of you
support and mere civility,
that all may grow and we may share
the flower of disability.