War and Peace

Tammy Mezera’s poem, “War and Peace” helps us to center ourselves. It is time for rhetoric to stop and action to begin.

Tammy Mezera

There is a time for war, and peace you don't get to gut me like a fish I have to for myself in war against vulnerabilities within my bowels, opened before hate I have to lie with atrocities and anger and smell this cruelty, ripen from deeper cuts No, this is no time for peace I must bleed out my iniquities let my own blood - stain the platform with sorrow's knife as ingested apathies spill. My mouth must be pierced and lifted from these murky waters where the world is only a passing stranger then, when you approach me hungry I can give you the peace left in my dwelling and say- here, this is my empathy, this is my love my kindness, my forgiveness, my hope for you, this is me asking forgiveness before the whole world one person, at a time starting with the ones I despise…

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Rose Wolfe (Living Free with disAbilities)

Let's get to the elephant first: I have myotonic dystrophy which defines my physical limitations, but it does not define me. Without the distraction of physical activities, I have found my passions: (1) Encouraging others to live more fully with fun, faith, and hope; (2) finding freedom in oil painting; (3) writing about my experiences; and (4) encouraging others to live more passionately. It is my belief that every person lives with at least one disability - for impairments are not limited to those with chronic illnesses. Many neurotypical people are psychological architects who have constructed enclosures in which they trap themselves. Mindsets, attitudes, and perceptions are fluid realities. Many of us have forgotten that it is possible how to live beyond our disabilities. Life may have challenges but faith and hope are within reach. I have made my choice: I am LivingFreeWithdisAbilities.

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