We are all

bodies in motion

We  slide





our way into the music

in whatever form our bodies —

our  crip










take us

make us



 and soar

   our limbs

into the air

onto the floor

against chair

 poppin' wheelies

against crutch

 spinning in circles

against shoulder

 supporting dips

against stage

 supplying lift






when we're



all down for a dance

or two with you,

 woman four feet tall

 in sexy red heels

and you,

 man with white cane

 and smooth swagger


 Deaf girl who throws

 off the hearing aid and

 throws up the peace sign

 during All You Need is Love

and you

   and you

     and you

who don't stop to ask

what's wrong with me

but only see what's right

in front of you:





Sami Schalk is a feminist poet from Southgate, Kentucky. She received her Bachelor degrees in Creative Writing and Women's Studies at Miami University of Ohio and her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame. Sami is a Cave Canem fellow and member of Women Writing for (a) Change. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in CC&D, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Battered Suitcase and elsewhere. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Indiana University in Gender Studies.

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