Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Summer 2014

Volume 11 Issue 3




By Glenda Barrett

As I rode out of the store
in my red handicapped scooter
I noticed a shiny, red motorcycle
parked alongside the sidewalk.
I couldn't help but compare the two.
They were the same shade of red,
handlebars, brakes and a basket.
About the same height, both vehicles
allowed access to summer breezes,
wildflowers on the side of the road,
sunsets, quick summer showers
and views of the mountain ridges.
The dress code was a bit different.
I didn't have leather jacket, pants
or a do-rag under my helmet.
Instead I wore casual shorts or pants
to allow for my leg brace.
We're not so different. Underneath
all of the trappings, our heart beats
with a similar rhythm, and we both
yearn to be free.

Glenda Barrett, a native of Hiawassee, Georgia, is an artist, poet and writer. Her work is widely published including Woman's World, Farm & Ranch Living, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Country Woman, Rural Heritage, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many others. Her art is online at Fine Art America, and her chapbook titled, "When the Sap Rises," was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press.

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