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The AODA Howl

By Victor Schwartzman
March 12, 2014

I have seen the best advocates of my generation
staggering through Queens Park for a fix
of false access hope from politicians,
still in denial they are treated like hicks.

I have seen decades of community support
squandered–and hope and trust and more–
thrown away by those with the power
who laugh at voters behind closed doors.

I have seen the law thrown out the window
by politicians our silence has enabled.
The law means nothing, lets be honest,
if you are a person who is disabled.

Victor Schwartzman contributes this weekly satiric column to Accessibility News nothing in these columns is true except what they are about. His graphic novel (where each chapter is one issue of a community newspaper) is serialized on the great Canadian lit site, http://www.redfez.net. He also contributes a monthly poetry review to http://www.targetaudiencemagazine.com. and does an on-air review monthly for the World Poetry Café on CFRO-FM in Vancouver. He has had poetry and short fiction published, and has edited novels. His email is vschwartzman@gmail.com.