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Poet, lawyer, disability advocate, writer, wheelchair rider, dog lover. Ripping off the labels to see anew. (@mmarywords)
Large staircase in front of a building filling the picture with people walking up and down
Large staircase in front of a building filling the picture with people walking up and down
Source: Philipp K

Smile — 
until you don’t care
what everyone else thinks
always smile —
it protects against pity.

Watch for the smallest
deviations in your path.
If you fail to pay attention,
they will pitch you out
onto the ground
to lie helpless
for what seems like eternity
until you get moving again.

Don’t travel on air.
Opt for solid, sensible tires
so sudden spikes in the road
will have no effect.

Expect your personal space
to be invaded,
especially at airport security
where you will be legally molested.

Prepare for your privacy to be invaded.
Strangers feel entitled to ask you
the most personal of…


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A Limerick


Who will save us all?

Jordan McQueen on Unsplash.com

On zombie days when Buddha sleeps
and karma seems to pause
the world lies deep in murky haze
obscuring sacred laws

On zombie days when Buddha sleeps,
the fortune-monger thrives
and peddlers sell their souls for keeps
endangering all our lives

On zombie days when Buddha sleeps
and countries fall astray
the people lose true North again
while Love is kept at bay

On zombie days when Buddha sleeps
and spiders weave their webs
they spin and spin until our wings
seem caught in endless threads

On zombie days when Buddha sleeps
and Gaia’s almost played
she crowns the smallest creature found
to…


To a life played out in clips

Ink drawing of young girl hugging her dog against full moon and midnight blue sky
Ink drawing of young girl hugging her dog against full moon and midnight blue sky
chiplanay on pixabay.com

“You can come
and pick her up now,”
the receptionist says
over the phone.

We take the short drive
to the vet’s —
shortened further
by my state of mind.

Lately, I can’t remember
how I get from
point A to point B.

Ever since Daddy and I left you
at the veterinary hospital
our lives have been playing out
in clips (clip to clip)
with none of the mundane
scenes in between.

I long for all
the mundane scenes
in between —

to hold them
frame by frame
to memorize
memorialize
every moment
from point A
to point B…


It’s decades since I last laid my eyes upon his sun spun hair and deep green eyes reminiscent of the sea that took his life. Our love still haunts my heart. Sometimes I wonder if he is haunting me now.

We were part of a group of teenagers off on a two-week house painting excursion at the lake house of his aunt, far from the familiar coastal waters that bordered our hometown and far from parental oversight. …


Photo by Krzysztof Niewolny on Unsplash

Everybody,
in fact the entire
universe,
is in God’s hands;
so don’t worry so much
I reminded my friend
even though

sometimes I feel
like I’m just hanging on to Her
fingertips
about to fall into the
void

She replied she’d like
to push some people off
I reminded her
they needed instead
to be pushed
farther into Her palms
for extra support

The Hubble telescope
recently discovered
what we thought
unending darkness
was really
a cosmic ocean
of galaxies
bursting with stars
encompassed by planets

Scientists now agree
our universe did just appear
after a Big Bang
and it’s been expanding
ever since…


A retelling of Aesop’s fable, The Stag and His Reflection

Modern painting of the head of a blonde haired princess surrounsed by suns and stars.
Modern painting of the head of a blonde haired princess surrounsed by suns and stars.
ArtRose on Pixabay.com

At sixteen, Princess Aurora fell in love with Prince Charming. Drawn to her beauty, especially the golden locks crowning her head like the sun, he asked that they be married upon Aurora’s eighteenth birthday.

In the meantime, Charming went off to battle. While he was gone, Aurora had a terrible accident that withered away her legs. The King had a chair with wheels built to help Aurora get around.

When Aurora mustered enough courage to gaze into the mirror, she admired her lovely hair but cursed her wheelchair. …

Mary Keating

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