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Jul. 14th, 2017 10:52 am
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All they saw was the crying wheelchair in the "accessible" space on the train.
Caught in their own  relief of making the connection, they missed 
the complaints of the woman beside her who wanted the double space 
for her own larger power chair,
or the inadequate "accommodation" for being able to ride with only a wobbled table
as a constraint.  
Accessibility isn't one size fits all.  
Those in the car didn't see the painful rush to board
where there was no ramp and crawling was all there was
or the strain of bruised hands beaten in the mad dash.
No one took note of being left on the curbside with the luggage
as inanimate as suitcases, 
being talked over while frustrated voices demanded in PC terms
"where are your handlers?"
There was no connection with the unkind words of exhausted companions 
apathetic to the shaming tones of "*I* don't need a cab" 
blind to attempts to carry on, apologize, be useful,  
keep up, 
keep quiet, 
keep going, 
keep smiling.
Now surrounded by pity, puzzlement, and exasperation 
vainly hiding her face with only her shaking hands, 
exposure overwhelming attempts to subside the tears...

She was a girl crying on the train, and no one got it. 
 

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