Sandra Martyres

Rookie - 27 Points (5th October / Mumbai - India)

Handicapped - Poem by Sandra Martyres

He loathed it when he had to go out;
he was the one whom the boys
laughed and joked about.
Here comes our three-legged stool!
they jeered from the nearby school.
Being handicapped and lame
brought their insults and to him shame.
He shuddered, holding back a tear,
and hobbled away in absolute fear.
They considered him an easy prey.
They almost always got their way.
His own disability he could not fight.
They took advantage of his plight.
He often questioned their nastiness:
Why deny a lame boy happiness?
It did not change their vicious ways;
he hobbled on through troubled days.

Comments about Handicapped by Sandra Martyres

  • (8/30/2009 8:51:00 PM)

    I think the urge that leads people to pick on people who are different must somehow
    (sadly enough) be related to the same one that makes birds or mammals and other creatures try to evict the offspring that are somehow seen as inferior; sort of a self-cleansing gene pool or something. But since we are human it seems we could
    somehow rise above this genetic profiling to offer kindness to all our kind. In a perfect world...(smile)

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (4/7/2009 2:46:00 PM)

    An excellent poem So tragic is that it happens and not only by children being cruel but by many. Their ignorance knows no boundaries....10+ (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (3/30/2009 1:50:00 AM)

    I agree with Fiona. This is an excellent poem as it brings awareness to this problem. Children can be so cruel when there is no need. A ten from me. Karin Anderson (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (3/29/2009 12:14:00 PM)

    Excellent write to highlight this sad fact...people seem not to see that anyone with a disability is also human and has feelings like us all...or they don't see them at all...10+++ for the write... (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (3/25/2009 1:10:00 PM)

    i'm sad when i read this, and angered also. Marginalised people suffer enough, and are often truly enlightened in other ways. We so often miss the opportunity to discover that beauty (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Meggie Gultiano (3/24/2009 6:20:00 AM)

    this is really very sad experience of a little boy.I can also remember ADELENE, the girl whose arms were cut off in an accident, and she was the butt of the jokes in the school.
    I have made a poem about is on page 2 in my home page.
    thanks for sharing this heart wrenching piece.

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Kesav Easwaran (3/24/2009 5:16:00 AM)

    i liked the well brought out humanitarian element in this write...thanks, Sandra...10 (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (3/16/2009 8:19:00 AM)

    making fun is the biggest handicap...they are lame without compassion (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 8 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Monday, March 16, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, June 8, 2009

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. Television
    Roald Dahl
  10. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
[Report Error]