A Handicap is no Limit to the Human Spirit

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A handicap, falsely labeled,

and in its true meaning,

the human vocabulary,

seems at times, so demeaning.


By another name,

it is to be a challenge of a sort,

In the choices of life,

whether it's in a work, or in a sport.


The greats of the sciences, of art,

and of the written word,

Many to be regarded as helpless,

a limiting, that's so absurd.


Soaring beyond all imagination

and strong social restraints,

Now respected and seen as champions,

almost as saints.


Leonardo, Rodin, and Ford,

in their gifts, were all so divine,

as far, as their contributions,

and from their gifted minds.


Beethoven's Music is so angelic

and inspiring for us to hear,

Edison, Einstein, and Bell,

are all great people, we love to cheer.


Helen Keller overcame hardships,

unbelievable in their sum,

Without question, a marvelous example,

she, this marvelous teacher, to become.


Milton, Byron, and Franklin D.Roosevelt,

showed no limits in their pursuits,

A strong human spirit, and all did achieve,

was born from their own very roots.


The disabled, those who struggle in their lives,

and each in their striving just to live,

The best of us all, in their human traits,

which they all so well display,


Were not for the challenges and hardships,

that everyone has had to face,

Perhaps no tomorrow, and the joys so earned,

of this, in our human race.


Handicapped, so erroneous, in a description,

in its masked pose, it so presents,

As truth is told, and the accomplishments made,

in its repose. and for all, a recompense.


The real and revealed likeness of the finest,

and of all feelings to be shared,

a victorious climax, and a fitting fond well,

in showing that we all so cared.





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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

As a teacher in the past years, I felt compelled to write of my feelings about the handicapped and those who have been educationally challenged. No writing is capable in showing the true human value and spirit of those who have to struggle in life, yet many great ones show the results of their efforts.


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ladybluewriter 4 years ago from United States

I could not agree with you more about not letting a handicap hold you back. It makes you more determined to fight back harder.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

thanks ladybluewriter, your positive comments are appreciated.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You are so right, a handicap or disability does not have to limit your life enjoyment. You have listed some great people here who have managed to take on life's challenges well in spite of their handicap. I have always admired Helen Keller for her contribution to society.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks teaches12345, I try to share my experiences and love for the kids that I have been blessed to teach over the years. There can be no better way to give than to do this.


Valleypoet 4 years ago

This is a very inspirational piece of poetry, and it carries a great message. We can learn a great deal from those who have the mental and physical challenges that we don't, especially when it comes to what may be otherwise considered the limit of human potential.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Valleypoet, and for your favorable response. I hope it inspires all who read and is a positive statement about challenges of life.

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