― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies
“Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I’m one of them.”
― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
Byron Bay poet Jen Jacobs made this feisty point about the ill person’s ‘otherness’ (with the added emphasis on non-visible disability):
"I look like I live in your world
I can pass as a well person – for a short time,
I’m good at pretending
… I no longer have automatic residence
in your country,
my citizenship is of another world entirely;
where pain is usual,
time and distance treat us differently, and
‘how are you?’ and
‘what’s wrong with you?’ and
‘are you better yet?’
FOTO- milton 2010.
The toughest skin holds longest out. Cumberland.
He that tholes [endures] overcomes. Scotch.
"A collection of the proverbs of all nations"
foto- father and son on nsw/qld border 2008