With glasses she does not merely see,
She closely observes her world.
With ear-piece she does not just hear,
She intently listens to every word.

Surgery alone did not fix
The hole in her heart,
After two fingers and two lips
Made it once again start.

Braces did not help her walk,
Slowly, rigid and unbending
But four hands and two voices,
In praise of her efforts unending.

Hormone treatment strong
Did not itself her progress make,
Nor physio-therapy long,
Her childhood’s journey make.

Speech therapists
Could not the gift of speech make
But sign at home
Helped her silence to break.

Yet still she prospers,
Through all of the above,
With a Mother’s and Father’s
Unshakable, unending Love.

Fergus Carty

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
~Harvey Fierstein

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