Haimonia, “Person-first Language”

Do we live in a word-cage? Are we bounded

by conceptual maps that tell us where we

belong? Could the thesaurus change our world or

will old concepts accept new terms and the same

laundered attitudes hide in fresh polite clothes?

You think synonyms never bite like slurs do.

Do you know what it’s like to be a walking

talking symbol for everything that’s broken?

(can i keep my defective brain a secret)

Our community built on things we can’t do

Our invisible flawed humanity shakes

with our hands as we stand or sit or something

and remember the things you say about us.