Janine joins Mik Scarlet and others in performing for delegates and visitors to the TUC Disabled Workers' Conference at Congress House, London.
Poems about disability
The fragments from a previous wound
Dance around and wait their chance
To shoot a sharp reminder
That they have never gone away
And that which does not kill me does not
Always make me stronger
Ev'ry step brings pain but still
It beats just sitting feeling less
Distressed but more defeated
Leaving science by the bye
I know when I'm reflective
That seeing the world through just one eye
Puts life in deep perspective
Caused by what fors and closed doors
Something's up on the upper floors
Down on all fours
Looking for an explanation
Must be caused by vaccination
Caused by flaws or some mutation
Looking for the insanity clause
Looking for an injury claim
Looking for someone or something to blame
Janine performing 'Manifesto from Behind the Mask', a poem about being autistic and try to fit into society, and about how society might change to make it easier for autistic people to fit in.
This performance was recorded at the launch of the DIRT poetry pamphlet, at the Betsey Trotwood in London, in June 2015.
They're cutting help to those in need -
What case to vote against?
This is a tricky one indeed
I'm staying on the fence
Scrap targets for child poverty?
My mind is wracked with doubt
Perhaps, no - maybe, probably -
I'm sitting this one out
It's something I am, not something I've got
Although that may seem a fine line
You can't separate us - oh no, you can not
It isn't Asperger's - it's mine!
(The former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, is known as IDS. But what else might it stand for?)
If David Says
"I Demand Savings"
I'll Deliver Some!
I'd Delve through Sewage
Intimate Detailed Search
Identifies Deeper Savagery
I Dutifully Serve
Ignorance Division and Spite
You all must be Beach Body Ready!
Or you surely must wither in shame!
If your body is flawed or unsteady
Then you just have your own self to blame!
No, the beach has no space for relaxing!
It's a place for perfection parades!
You need slimming! And toning! And waxing!
We have products in buckets - and spades!