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Poem: "Intersectional Accessibility" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Intersectional Accessibility"
This poem came out of the August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "three" square in my 8-7-18 card for the Fairy Tales Bingo fest.


"Intersectional Accessibility"


Disabled people are
surrounded by barriers --
the signs they can't read,
the stairs they can't climb, and
the thresholds they can't cross.

Poor people are oppressed,
stuck at the bottom of a pyramid
that they built but can never enjoy.

Many of the disabled are also poor,
because any disability makes it
harder to get and keep a job.

Many of the poor are also disabled,
because without money, problems
don't get fixed and people stay sick.

Women are trapped underneath
a glass ceiling, watching lesser men
climb effortlessly above them and
enjoy undeserved rewards.

Half of humanity is female,
which means half of
the poor and disabled
are also women.

This is the crux of
intersectional accessibility.

The pyramid, the stairs,
and the glass ceiling --
all conspire to crush them.

Yet still they persist -- the poor,
the disabled, the women --

whose very existence is a protest.

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