I Fall and I Rise Again

My life is in constant motion
So different from a few years ago
Back then I could not easily climb
The wobbly ladders put in front of me
I would rise and immediately fall

Today I fall, I fall and I rise again

The wobbly ladder still there
I found my way around it
I see words guiding my way
I find hands that support my journey
No longer I rise and fall

I fall and I rise again

My life like the ladder
Not always in firm ground
But friends won’t let me down
They will reach out and help me rise
No longer I rise and fall

I fall and I rise again

Once I’m up on my feet
I can extend a helping hand
To friends who climb the ladder
Seeking the ones who have risen
They will not rise and fall

They will fall and they will rise again

Copyright 2013 by Amy Sequenzia

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About the Author:

Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights. She also writes poetry. Amy has presented in several conferences in the US and abroad, and her work is featured in books about being Autistic and Disabled. Amy is deeply involved with the Neurodiversity Movement and has been outspoken about the rights and worthy of disabled people. Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.

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