must we live through this torture?
Why must we live through this pain?
Is it not unthinkable of you to ignore us all the same
Are we expected to live our lives in this manner...
before we go insane?
Yet I dream and meditate about recovering days
Although few care to listen
It is only my wish to experience happier times
Rather than depreciate my existence.
Aloneness is all I perceive at times
This is too overwhelming to accept
Those who are advancing to observe our cries
Should allow us more respect.
The trembling and fear understood inside
is hidden with extreme attributes.
so when time is designated for our physicians to theorize
It is difficult for them to compute.
Our sorrow, our grief, our anguish and fears
Are not taken with appreciation
For if they experience one day of our lives
They WOULD find some justification.
Not for us.....no only for them
We must spend exceedingly to live
When our self-esteem is scarcely alive
We carry through our demands to give.
Oh yes, count your blessings
It is so elementary to say
But when and if afflicted with these ailments
You’ll descend, kneel down and pray.
Many in our category you will behold over time
Quite miffed at what to do
We only want some courtesy and pain free days
That is all we shall anticipate from you
Too many of us suffer needless daily pain
It is a fate worse than death
Help us alleviate this pain
Prior to taking our last breath.
Why must you place us on the back burner?
When we need some quality care
For that is essentially why you are there
As we enter your dwelling following a small prayer.
Happiness and acceptance is not effortless to abide by
Only suffering, anger and denial
Understand our present state
And permit some justice as we plead to you awhile.
Our life, self-worth and pleasures are now in the past
Can you not observe how it is sweeping our lives
These conditions are overpowering us now
We appeal to you with skepticism it will not last.
by Maureen B. Hall