A Poem for National White Cane Safety Day

Instead of a Sunday Best feature this week, I’m giving you a poem about how I use my cane. It was published in That’s Life: New and Selected Poems by yours truly. Click below to hear me read it. By the way, today is also National Poetry Day.

Concealed Cane

When not in use,
it’s folded, tucked under my arm
or stuffed in a back pack.
When I step outside,
I pull free the nylon holding it together.
It unfolds, clicks into place.
I walk away, ready to face adversity.


Author Abbie Johnson Taylor
We Shall Overcome
How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver
That’s Life: New and Selected Poems
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

4 thoughts on “A Poem for National White Cane Safety Day”

  1. Abbie–Thanks for reminding your readers of the significance of this day.  As a former teacher of English, I appreciate that National Poetry Day falls in the autumn semester and that National Poetry Month is celebrated in the spring semester.

    Best wishes for safe and happy travels with your white cane and happy poetry writing and reading!

    Alice and Leader Dog Willow


    1. Thank you, Alice, I also wish you safe travels with Willow. Is there a National Guide Dog Safety Day or something like it? I’ve never used a guide dog, but maybe I can find a way to observe it here.


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