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(ode to my psychiatric social worker)



I've got this beautiful child - everything I ever dreamed -

she got disabled by you and some experts, telling me I should grieve.

and because I don't take your medical model view

of impairment and cures, there's something wrong with me too?!

I don't CARE how "most parents" react,

they don't know better because of assholes like you!



what exactly have you labelled me for? is it because I dare to FEEL?

is it 'cause I won't accept and ignore all the lies you would have me
believe?



call this, if you wish, mental illness, but the doctors they gave me this
bug -

because until now I was just eccentric or weird and I didn't need any drugs.

so now that you've MADE me ill - how the hell can YOU make me well?

my only hope is that I am contagious and you're going to catch this as well.

(well there's got to be SOME way to save the world!)



what exactly have you labelled me for? is it because I dare to THINK?

is it cause I won't accept and ignore all the lies you would have me
believe?



you know it could easily happen to any one of YOU -

all you have to do is sit with a doctor long enough to identify you.

if your lifestyle or worse your beliefs aren't mainstream or normal,

then you OBVIOUSLY are very sick and someone must cure you



what exactly have you labelled me for? is it because I dare to SPEAK?

it is 'cause I won't accept and ignore all the lies you would have me
believe?



so, come on then! drug me up! drug me up to the eyeballs and see!

all that will change is the speed of my words,

because you can't treat belief

and I won't let you gag me



what exactly have you labelled me for? is it because I dare to SING?

is it 'cause I won't accept and ignore all the lies you would have me
believe?



what exactly have you labelled me for? is it because I challenge you?

it's because I contradict and deplore

the morals of most health professionals we see.

well you can't cure me and I won't let you punish me



clair lewis - Disabled poet © march 1999

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