As I post this the UK House of Lords debates the Assisted Dying Bill for the second day. Advocates of assisted dying point to choice as their main argument, but for many people there is no choice – medics, in liaison with ‘caring family’ may decide it’s kindest if people with multiple / complex impairments are helped to die and to be relieved of their suffering. Relieved of their life.

I’ve tried traditional haikus in the past, developed my own ‘urban haikus’. Here’s the first of my assisted dying haikus:

My life examined:
Your alien gaze, unkind,
Deems my life worthless.


About lorrainegradwell

Active in the disabled peoples' movement since the early 80's, stepping back a bit now but still speaking up and still looking for independence and an end to discrimination.
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