Senses Scream It Is The Only Way Of Knowing – By Anonymous
From: Women and Disability – An Issue. A Collection of writings by women with disabilities. This booklet was produced by the Melbourne based Women with Disabilities Feminist Collective in the late 1980’s. The exact publishing date is unknown. Copyright.
Full of danger
Loss of Clarity – of knowing what others know
Pictures building up.
Sharp, Hard, Loud,
Consolidation of other impressions
Feelings coupled with substance
The where I am
The what I am
The who l am
And the others who guide me to this.
It is all only suggestive
It is enhancing, consolidating
Grounded into some reality.
A kaleidoscope of impressions:
Sound, smell, taste, touch
Drawing heightened, brittle, pregnant,
sensitivity into a unity of some meaning.
The shock of the variety of ‘guilt’, reality,
being made real by their building-up into a picture
An image, a vision.
Wrong it may be, but real and total for the visually impaired.
It is the only way of knowing.