POEM: My life of disability – Craig Ngwenya

My life of disability,
Has taken away my prosperity,
I hear them talking of liberty,
But to myself its literally poverty.

I feel like,to the creator I short changed,
That’s why in everything, I’m shorthanded,
By the community, I’m shunned,
My happiness and joy,I am denied.

Whenever I walk,I feel too much gravity,
That pulls me down,to an extent that I can’t lift up my legs,
With everyone’s gaze fixed on me,
And seeing the difference between me and them,I feel the river flowing from my eyes.

This is the river of tears,
That never attract their ears,
But mounts my fears,
Because all my problems, no one hears.

Am I here to witnesses the happiness of others,
But not getting a chance to witness mine,
Why am I the one to just listen to the words of a person I don’t get to see,
I can’t go out and play with others because I am discriminated.

As I live everyday,
Pain is my home,
Hope is my tenant,
Grief is my mother,
Love is my long gone father,
Tears are my breathe.

Death,as I pray to God,I entreat,
I don’t see myself attaining these cherishable desires,
How can I get out of this predicament,
If all that I am facing is resentment?

But if I give up,where will I go?
With your love and support,
I can reach beyond my own limitations,
Do consider my abilities,
And ignore my disability.

After all I am a human being,
And I need to be loved,
I don’t have a disability,
But I have a different-ability

I hope you hear my cry!

By Craig Ngwenya
the ‘FERVENT’ poet
craig321cw@gmail.com
+263 78 364 9392

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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