Poem by Richard L. Daggett
Richard Lloyd Daggett; 1954; Rancho Los Amigos, Los Angeles, California
I wrote this poem in May - June 1954, when I was finally able to sit in a wheelchair and walk short distances. I was thirteen years old. Before polio I was left handed, but my left hand was no longer strong enough to hold a pen or pencil. I had to learn to write with my right hand. The school teacher at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital knew I liked poetry and encouraged me to compose poems as an exercise.