Play Theory

Her shoe tumbled from my trembling fingertips
I always attempted to put it back onto the slender foot
But I realized that it was no use
I was powerless over this plastic girl

And so I went to my computer
Where I entered into a world
Where I could manipulate everything
With only a blank page
And a keyboard

And my mind

And everything I had wanted to pretend
Tumbled out in words

Ten years later
What comes out
Is no longer pretend
But about everything shaped by my powerlessness

My thoughts
On the challenges I face
For being a girl
For being disabled
In this new world disorder

Women must shout for their rights
They must chant
And blockade
And march
But they must also be silent
With paper and pen

Or computer

Because sometimes
Words
Speak louder
Than actions

Shoe Collage by various artists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Related reading: Issue Six—Extraordinary

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Meredith Bullock

About Meredith Bullock

Meredith Bullock is a 16-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy. She is in grade 11 at Sacred Heart School of Halifax and plans to study English and political science at university.

About the Artists

Shoe Collage is a collaborative painting by Olivia Stevens, Heather Fenton, Isabelle Frost, Sharon Falkenham Hiltz, Debbie Barkhouse Feener, Bailey Fenton, Jeffrey James Stevens and Emma Hiltz, all students with A. Holloway Studio/Gallery.

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