Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

September 9, 2016 11:54 AM

About Books

WW has not heretofore recommended particular books and will rarely do so in the future. However, two quite different books have drawn my attention.

The first is the latest book by James Carville entitled, “We’re Still Right/ They’re Still Wrong.” It is an interesting combination of facts, philosophy and James’s unique linguistic style.

The second book is a collection of poems by Meghan Torpey, a friend of Will Cowan at Casa de Amma, a community of young adults living with disabilities. I found Meghan’s poetry quite special.

The collection is called, “A Challenged Flower” and the following is my favorite from the collection. It is called, “A Challenged Flower.”

Most of us are like flowers
Some of us grow short or tall
Some of us bloom earlier than others.

With support from our parents and
Friends and special teachers
We all blossom into individuals
With colorful personalities
We all have feelings and challenges,
Some more than others.

When I first found out I had a disability
I got scared
There were times when challenges,
Teachers and bullies made me upset
They labeled me.

But at age six, I watched a show
That changed my life.
If a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
Can make it, I can make it!
You are you!
With a lot of hugs and some tears
I managed to accept myself
as the flower that I am.

But a flower is not simple
I am a poet, a writer, an artist
a gamer, a reader and above all
A good friend.
Both books are available on Amazon.com.

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