Still I Rise

A poem by a Washington State School for the Blind student
written by Elora Handcock.

Still I Rise

Can you see colors?
Can you see the words on a page?

These are the questions I hear every day

I want to answer, but I can’t find the words

Still I Rise

I know I don’t have to be the same as everyone else
But I still feel as if I have to hide
Have to lie

Still I rise

Someone once told me
I would never be able to see
So I would never be able to do anything

Still I rise

That isn’t true
This is not holding me back
I can do anything
Even if they don’t see it, I do

Still I rise

Can you see a sunset?
Can you see the little bird flying?
Oh honey, it flew by I’m so sorry
But look, there’s another

Still I rise

“I saw it!” I exclaim
She begins to cry because she really thinks I did
I feel terrible

Still I rise

Why do I have to hide?
I don’t mind it this way
But everyone else does
I know I’m special

Still I rise

People ask me
How can they help me
I feel a pang
They mean no harm but I feel sad
I can do anything

Still I rise

They send me to a school
I don’t have to hide ever again
At least not while I’m at school
With my friends

Still I rise

I never have to hide there
Who I am
How I feel
I can feel OK about being me

Still I rise

My friends and I
We don’t talk about our vision
We don’t need to
That’s not how we measure who we are
It’s a part of us
But not all of us

Still I rise

Someday I will grow the rest of the way up
I will do anything I set my mind to
I will do anything people with full sight have
But I do have full sight
I see the world differently

Still I rise

No one can stop me

Still I rise