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He Wasn’t – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“I wish for a world that views disability, mental or physical, not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be seen as powerful assets if give the right opportunities.” Oliver Sacks

He Wasn't

The broken man didn't know that he was broken,
it's how the world determined his whatness 
with weasel words to cover their unease at his
simple joys and beautifully discordant lines,
they retreated from his jazz mind, confused by 
the jester's knowing honesty and maligned his
gentle open heart for not fitting the socket
of their most perfect lives of self-deception,
the broken man didn't know that he was broken,
because he wasn't, it's how the world corralled 
their fear, but he knew his why.

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