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Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

 Winter  2011
Volume 8, Number 1

 

 

Smell of Firemen

By Akua Lezli Hope



Smell of firemen lingers in my bedroom,
the metal guard rail i will wipe
with alcohol, still warm 
from their hands
Don't be sorry, they said
for yet another thing i can no longer do
See here - that hole
should be solid,
that screw, stationery,
so you were turning into nothingness
the center could not hold
this minor, yet critical thing.
They pulled the bed, mounded
with books, yarn, clothes, blankets
from the wall, replaced
the broken with the whole


 
we have no earlids

by Akua Lezli Hope



include quiet in your life
hear light and rain sing



Akua Lezli Hope was struck down on November 14, 2005 at 3:04 a.m. by transverse myelitis, the very year she learned to kayak. She is trying to live with the attendant chronic pain, paralysis and,  poverty.




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