wheelchairs diminish your place in the world

you are at eye level with everyone’s navel

except for children who accept you

for who you are

just another adult in a chair

unlike adults who load you with their fears

“what happened, accident”

“no. cancer.”

conversation over

polite regrets ensue as they search for an exit

counters are higher

doorways are narrower and often hostile

strangers are more polite

waiting in line is no longer

such a big deal

11/19/18 LV
Copyright Michael Douglas Scott