Please Hear What I’m Not Saying

I came across this anonymous poem that I had kept from a workshop I attended.  It is about seeing past the masks people wear and breaking down the walls holding back love. Please Hear What I am not Saying is a very long profoundly moving anonymous poem.  While reading it, I could not help but feel it was describing the feelings of many of the children we label with a disability or disorder.  Here are a few lines from the poem.

Please hear what I am not saying

Do not be fooled by me

Do not be fooled by the mask I wear

For I wear a thousand masks,

Masks that I am afraid to take off.

And none of them are me. . . . . . . . . .

So do not be fooled by what I am saying

Please try to hear what I am not saying,

What I would like to be able to say, but can not.

Will you hold out your hand, even when that is the last thing I seem to want?

Each time you are kind and gentle, each time you are encouraging,

Each time you try to understand because you really care,

My heart begins to grow wings, feeble wings, but wings.

I want you to know that. I want you to know how important you are to me.

You can help remove my masks. You can help break down my walls. Do not pass me by.

It will not be easy for you.

The nearer you approach, the more I might fight back.

I fight the very thing I cry out for.

But I have been told that love is stronger than walls.

Please beat down my walls, with gentle hands, with firm hands, with caring hands, with dancing hands.

Who am I? You may wonder.

I am someone you know very well

For I am everyone you meet.

Does this poem remind you of your own child or children we know or children who are part of our ministry?  I am sure all of us know of someone in our lives whose behavior is so difficult we forget they have the divine light within them.  They have so many masks and are so difficult to be around; we shut them out of our lives.  It takes a lot of courage to see past the masks to breaking down their walls with our love.

Perhaps for my next email bulletin, I will explore this topic in more depth in an essay.  I would love to read your comments and thoughts.

Categories Beyond Labels | Tags: | Posted on October 10, 2009

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