How to Survive in a Wheelchair

Get used to isolation, but keep trying to connect.

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…



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Mary Keating

Mary Keating

Poet, lawyer, disability advocate, wheelchair rider. Published in SFWP, Poetry for Ukraine, Scribes Micro Fiction, Wordgathering. Pushcart Prize nominee.