I ask nothing
more than this
though I look and sound much
Listen to me:
even though my
jumbled speech is hard to understand
my words are thought out and
I need to be
heard but only when I ask.
Every day I try to do more and
more for myself.
Know that Iím
a grown lady,
my feelings reflect my maturity.
Give me time and space to overcome
the challenges in my life,
unlike a child who needs comfort
I need to come to grips with lifeís
Do not protect me:
I need to know
everything about life,
good and bad.
Do not forget me:
To be master of
my destiny will be my greatest reward.
As you go through life you will
see many faces like mine,
because of me you will know that
all you have to do is smile,
and in that understanding smile
they will know,
they are accepted.
This poem was written Emilie Smith.
Emilie was born with cerebral palsy 58 years ago.
Although her speech is difficult her feelings are made quite clear in
the poems she writes like the one youíve just read. She uses a
liberator (small computer) to communicate. In it she keeps a daily
journal, write speeches, stories and poetry and it allows her to give a
voice to her ideas. She is always busy learning more about communication
devices as well as being a mentor to a high school student. Emilie also
gives lectures to university students/interns and she reads books to
children in her spare time.