Meet Zoey Mercado, a young poet who just happens to have Down syndrome. And what does someone as unique and talented as Zoey do? He publishes a book, of course.
Zoey's 2014 self-published book Hope For My Future: Thoughts on life with Down syndrome is a collection of poetry written between 2007 and the present. Below is an excerpt from the book – a poem titled "Broken Man," which Zoey explains was written about his high school experience.
Look at me
– "Broken Man" by Zoey Mercado
It is through poems like this that Zoey is able to open his world up to his readers. His poetry conveys a range of emotions – from sadness to confusion, hopefulness to happiness – all of which share an intimate view of life with Down syndrome that some people may never be exposed to if not for his poetry.
The back cover of his book reads, "Zoey hopes that through his poetry others will appreciate the depth of his creativity and his passion for writing. He would also like to encourage all persons with disabilities to find their voice through the arts."
I hope they can too, Zoey. You're already setting a great example for others to follow suit. Thank you for letting us take a look into what life is like through your eyes. Keep writing! And I'll keep reading.
If you're interested in purchasing Zoey's book (it's under $7!) visit Amazon or CreateSpace.