POEM: “Playing Inspires”

 

Playing Inspires”       

 

Doctors said 

/he would never talk 

/he would be/ quadrilegic/ for life

 

/cerebral palsy /diagnosed at 6

/two brain surgeries/ physical therapy

/he worked/ tried/ beat the odds

 

“Don’t use the word ‘can’t’”/ beat the odds

Shawn did his best/ took time to get better

/excelled at sports/ never needed a wheelchair

 

/when frustrated/ came back/ always

/listened/ tried/ pulled it together

/practiced every day to hone his skills

 

/every day came and worked/ beat the odds

/a good bowler/ a good teammate/ he’d high-five

/he listened/ tried/ beat the odds

 

/every day did his best/ to get better

/every day/ he took time/ excelled

/doctors said he would never talk/ he speaks well

 

Shawn Nolan’s doctors said

/he would never/          

/bike/ basketball/ horseback/ 

/karate/ bowl/ weightlift/ swim

/patrol the neighborhood on his bike

 

 /make sure everyone is safe

 

 /inspire kids with disabilities

/to beat the odds

               /kids with disabilities

 

/Shawn makes sure

/other kids with disabilities/ never forget

“Don’t use the word ‘can’t.”

 

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I composed the above found poem by taking bits from an online article, rearranging, adding and subtracting words and phrases, to make something new. The article by Roger Gordon was an inspirational sports story about a young bowler, Shawn Nolan, born with cerebral palsy, who is a competitive athlete. 

 

*image courtesy of www.publicdomainpictures.net via Creative Commons License.

**original article written by Roger Gordon