WELCOME TO NOVEMBER:
THIS IS ABOUT DISCRIMINATION:
(I wrote the following poem some years
ago for my book "Moments Of My Life")
Since writing it I had some awful
times of being discriminated,
Thus making me a little insecure.
HOW I COPED WITH ADVERSITY:
Some thirty one years ago
A bombshell to me was told.
It seemed I had an illness,
That has no respect for young and old.
There is still a stigma to it,
I've had my share of that,
This I tell to you.
The illness I refer to is Epilepsy,
Not a pleasant thing I know.
But there are many types and causes of the illness
And this in it's self has got to show.
Show them not to be afraid
Should you see an epileptic taken ill.
Just lay them in the recovery position
Until that person is calm and still.
When I told I was a sufferer
I thought it over you see.
I wasn't going to live with it,
It was going to live with me.
If I wanted to go travelling
Then I jolly well would.
I had an understanding husband
Who supported me all he could.
Since he's passed away,
I have continued that frame of mind.
Have travelled to The States, Spain and Ireland
The majority of people being kind.
As I mentioned there is diecrimination,
But it's ignorance on their part.
There are people who are worse than me,
And it's those I hold within my heart.
Copyright Yvonne Lewis:
PS: For a few years I was in a relationship
who made my life hell saying that
I had a mental illness and would end up
in an institution.
One night he said these awful words
"WHY DON'T YOU HURRY UP AND DIE?"
That to me is discrimination at it's lowest.
As for people who have Mental problems
there is no shame of that either.
Hold your head high.
There are many unkind people around.