Paper Pushing

I am contributing!

Are these lessons not
abundance – success?

Authorities are dissatisfied;
want me back in the game,
insist disability has an end –
analyze me to depletion
their plans shutting me down,
unforgiving –

Encouragement is called for,
and hopeful help,
something to prod progress

This bureaucratic tapping
turns on me,
creativity breaks down.



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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

10 thoughts on “Paper Pushing”

  1. I am there with you. I was denied disability for not having enough work credits. Something just isn’t right in that reasoning. I’m sorry you’re having to battle bureaucracy. Another bump in the road. Sigh 😕


  2. Would these be health-care authorities? (Not versed in Canada healthcare!)
    I have learned I must defend my sensed wellness/illness – things that do not show on the exterior or in test results are nevertheless HUGE influences on daily capabilities. No two individuals respond exactly the same to anything … we each must tune into and then assert individual standing.
    Bureaucratic tapping may have irritated, but this poem shows creativity still flowing. Yours would be a tough spirit to break!

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    1. Thanks for the “tough spirit” (think you might be right). I haven’t been able to work for four years, and the fight for disability is an ongoing struggle – mostly because my primary disease is not recognized by the bureaucrats.

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      1. I can imagine that gets more annoying with each iteration. Consistent persistence … from you and others in your shoes … maybe will gain recognition by the time your grandkids need it. Your sharing furthers awareness – bravo for that.


  3. Beautifully said, even if it breaks my heart to think this is from first-hand experience. Isn’t it strange and sad how often these systems that are meant to help us actually end up turning on us and making things worse?

    In case there is any doubt in your mind: YES, YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING. xx

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