On the topic of brain injury, poetry appeared to spring out of Heidi. She had little experience writing poetry prior to her injury. Heidi was compelled to communicate with others about brain injury; a much needed discussion.
Poems By Heidi:
Gray Matters is a poetic articulation of brain injury.
"i turned my aphasia
into an art!"
Having a brain injury refigures a person’s reality. Though physically, you may not be able to discern that this person has survived a brain injury, in the unseen world, this person is not a mirror reflection of you.
Survivors are often misread and not understood; it’s not easy to understand how a survivor’s world is different without the right guidance. Their world is re-assembled; and of course, many dynamics are problematic, yet survivors usually become more genuine! Gray Matters is aimed at giving you the personal sense of what it is like to walk in the shoes of a brain injury survivor, so you can understand for yourself what type of personal alterations take place after going through a brain injury.
The lack of personal discernment and sensitivity regarding survivors of brain injury is what stirred me to write Gray Matters. When others treat survivors with lack of consideration, or even look down at them for what they’re not able to do (like follow conversation or remember what was just said - and the list goes on...), this drives survivors further into isolation or depression.
With Gray Matters, I am looking to familiarize my readers with what it is like to go from abled to disabled and how the effects of brain injury are all–inclusive. I do this because “Knowledge births tolerance and acceptance. For survivors deserve to be granted their peace!” (Lerner, 2006, pp. 36).
The intent is to give my readers a personal feeling, not just a cognitive library. For example, see how the poem below provokes inner reflection. The purpose is to present a new, uncomplicated method of understanding what happens when our brain is injured.