Like A Package On a Shelf

Michelle Renee Kidwell
1 min readMar 10, 2021

They want to

Place fancy labels

On her like

A package on a shelf

As if disability is a

Dirty word,

Something to be

Ashamed of

Spit out in


It is just

Another word

To be cancelled

In a culture

Of canceling.

There are things

She does differently

That’s true

And things that

She can no longer do

But cancelling words

Doesn’t stop the pain

The hate

We have to learn

What not to do.

Disability is not

Something to make

Others feel ashamed

To make them feel broken

Unless you frame the word

In that way

And she knows that.

And she’s not some

Character with a

Magical ability

Shes a person

Of flesh and bone

Who lives and loves

Laughs and cries

Not so different than


She doesn’t want

To be labeled

Like some fancy package

On a shelf,

How about just

Call her by

Her name instead.

© Michelle R Kidwell


Michelle Renee Kidwell

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge in the light: Helen Keller