Here are the 15 ‘most liked’ poems
VIRGIN MEDIA ARE JOINT SPONSORS OF “MY DISABLED WORLD”
LADY IN A WHEELCHAIR – INVISIBLE OR WHAT?
Look at me What do you see? Ask me a question Watch my reaction You see I live, I love, I cry Speak to me, go on try
I cannot walk But I like to talk Don’t natter over my head Look down and speak to me instead Are you afraid or shy? Are you too embarrassed to try?
Can’t you stop for a while? Speak to me and make me smile How I wish I was strong and tall Being down here my world is small My limbs are weak but my heart is strong Speak to me it won’t take long
Some time ago I was well and smart Then an illness tore my world apart Now I see life through different eyes Time for the truth, no more lives So many things I cannot do Speak to me it could happen to you
POEM SUBMITTED BY JACKIE COOPER
WHOSE CHOSEN CHARITY IS ‘BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION’
MY UNCLE IS DISABLED
I’m a very helpful person
as I bustle up and down,
looking out for those in need
of help around the town.
I open doors the wrong side round
and then stand in the way.
I zip up bags of shopping
too tightly, while you pay.
I step out into traffic
and raise my hand for ‘Stop’ –
even if the crossing place
is not the ideal spot.
I hover outside toilets
and call in through the door.
In cafes, I make lots of space,
move chairs and clear the floor.
I help with coats and jackets
you never have to ask;
a good firm yank is what you need
to get your arms out fast.
Some people sit in wheelchairs
too low down to chat.
I just speak to the escort –
it’s quicker to do that.
Others have a problem
and I can’t tell what they say;
so I pretend I’ve understood
and hurry on my way.
There’s a woman on a scooter
who rolls her eyes and glares;
she ought to be more grateful
that a friendly stranger cares.
For I’m a helpful person
I enjoy doing good –
(excuse me for a moment)
Let me help you cut that food!
POEM SUBMITTED BY LYNDA TURBET
WHOSE CHOSEN CHARITY IS MNDA
YOUR PANEL OF 12 JUDGES
STUART BENSUSAN (Businessman with a disabled daughter)
MARSHA de CORDOVA (Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities who is partially sighted)
JEFF DODDS (Chief Operating Officer of Virgin media who are the joint sponsors of “My Disabled World”)
VICKY FOXCROFT MP (Shadow Minister for Disabled People)
DAME EVELYN GLENNIE (Disabled Percussionist)
EILEEN GRUBBA (Disabled Hollywood Actress & Scriptwriter)
KAMRAN MALLICK (Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights UK)
RUTH PATTERSON (Disabled lead singer with ‘Holy Moly & The Crackers)
MARTYN SIBLEY (Disabled Entrepreneur)
ANGEL SINCLAIR (Founder of ‘Models of Diversity’)
JUSTIN TOMLINSON MP (Minister for Disabled People)
KEELY CAT WELLS (Entrepreneur and Disability Activist)