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I have been within this shell of a body for over twenty years
My mind telling me to do one thing, but this body only allows me to do certain things
But my mind is active and luckily in tact, this calming some of my fears
Oh to be able bodied again, my soul and my heart would sing.

No one knows the torture one goes through unless you have been there
Others being rude, if you are in public unfortunately confined to a wheelchair
You having to act like you ignore others and that you don't have a care
But in reality your feelings are hurt and that is really unfair.

Not understanding others have the tendency to be so rude
I you are in public, others looking at you like you have no right to be here
Making you feel like you are so barbaric and crude
Their intentions seeming so unfair and so unclear.

I would wish this on anyone, but to understand be in my shoes for just one day
Not having the legs you were born with that work and help you walk
If you were in my shoes you would want to go back to the way you were without delay
A stroke took that ability from me, but at least I can make my feeling known because I can still talk.

I still love, I still think, I still breathe, so why do you think I am different than you?
I still have a soul but now I know more than most, because of fate I am in those shoes
Shoes I wish no one to feel because it can make one very sad and blue
To live this kind of life your choices are very few.

But there are choices like being strong and not feeling sorry for your self, or crying over something you can't help or stop
Holding your head high, displaying what is left with nothing but pride
This is what I do, being strong not really caring what others think so the life I have left is not a flop
My story is sad, I was so young when fate picked me to become it's bride.

Lanaia Lee

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