Thursday, March 2, 2017

one day our stories will be so numerous


Ending the silence in continuing care happens like this -one family says the story of what happened to a beloved family member. Then another family says the story of what happened to one of their own. The stories never stop. We keep saying. Then one day there is a tipping point and change happens just like it happened when we evicted the PCs as oil monarchs in Alberta. Tell your stories.
and we tell our stories we witness the difficulties and we tell of them we ask why are they treated differently? and where are their ri...
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and we tell our stories
we witness the difficulties
and we tell of them
we ask why are they treated differently?
and where are their rights?
who decides life and death?
surely it will be the families?

and we tell our stories
we speak for the disabled in our families
one day we might all be there
without a voice to say
and so while we can
let us hold on to each other
and say what happened

and we tell our stories
family by family
we let the world know
what happened to our mothers
and our fathers
how our sisters and brothers were harmed
but nothing ever changes in Alberta


and we tell our stories
they collect like dimes into piles
so that they can be of some value
we write the stories from medical records
we scan the progress notes and the assessments
we say to ourselves   how is it possible
that so much scrutiny happens    and yet they have simply lost their way?

and we tell our stories
one day our stories will be so numerous
we can't be silenced   one day our stories will fill the world
like the leaves falling in the autumnal months
we will send these leaves of stories flying
to the mouths of politicians     and end their baloney forever
we will speak and say the stories of harm abuse and death to everyone


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BtaApuxi7U
Stars performing "Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It" live on KCRW


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