Physical Disability · Scathing Political Satire

Stepping Over the Bodies

By Jacqueline Jules

June 22, 2017 Wheelchair bound activists were forcibly removed by police for protesting proposed cuts to Medicaid outside Senator Mitch McConnell’s office.

In shiny black Oxfords,
the senator steps past
the empty wheelchairs
and over the bodies,
narrowly missing
a pink polka-dotted foot
belonging to a woman
breathing through a tube.

The man to her left
wears a green fanny pack
with a chemo pump inside.

They lie in the hallway
outside the senator’s door,
surrounded by dozens,
all wearing cardboard signs
and chanting for the chance
to be deemed as precious
as the unborn babies
the senator has vowed
many times to protect,
in the same breath
as his promise
to disable the care
millions need to survive.


Jacqueline Jules is the author of three poetry chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum, Stronger Than Cleopatra,and Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String. Her work has appeared in over 100 publications including The New Verse News, Potomac Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Little Patuxent Review, and Gargoyle. She is also the author of 40 books for young readers. Visit 

If you haven’t read any articles yet about this incident, let me direct you to several. You can read about it on: Business Insider, Independent UK, Mother Jones, Metro UK, and Time Magazine.