Roger Meyers has written poetry for 15 years "to empress may feelings," he said. His poems are also part of his lifelong efforts to win recognition and acceptance for himself.Some of his poems detail the loneliness he felt when he lived with our parents and had no friends of his own. Others describe his search for female affection that was unrequited until he met the woman he eventually married.
The poem, what Mentally Retarted Mean's was written at the suggestion of an educator who recognized that Roger was uniquely qualified to describe his own condition.
"Tears" describes the great unhappiness our mother was feeling, if not articulating, during the years in which she searched for help with her retarded son.
"Fog" and "The Silence of Love" are love poems. Roger said he wrote "for everyone." All of them are here published without editing. What Mentally Retarded Means
Someone being low, they are way down low
Some of them might be alone in darkness.
These are the severely retarded children and adults
They may not talk some have difficulties in learning how to walk
Some may not see. They do have this fear of darkness
It is hard, this disaster is going too far for Mental
Retardation is a condition in the brain or a Disease
Which we can not see.
But we the people can help can learn and earn. The facts of life for their lives.
Some may learn faster than the severely retarded
But they are all under retardation. They all need
A special helping hand. You've got to understand.
Won't you help with your special guided hand? Thears
Every tear drop has to fall
Of someone's crying call
Lots of tears fall,
Every tear drop is rolling down
Someone's cheeks, full of lovely wet tears.
Tears are like the falling rain. Coming from the crying pain from a broken heart
That never will be apart
Look at someones crying face and you can tell
Tears are Beautiful, lovely, sweet, and wet, - like
morning dew and yet tears mean something, Its crying for
Me I love you, I miss you, I want your help, more.
My darling dear, through all these years.
When tears fall down in the ground, on whatever
They make no sound They make it wet, wet, wet. Fog
When fog is here I feel lonely
For you dear
The fog's watervaper is the tear of love
Sometimes the fog might cause harm,
but I will keep you safe in my arms.
When Fog is here it hides me, I can't see you.
But I know that you are there.
Cause God's love is everywhere
Then all of a sudden, the sun peeks through
The Fog goes away. Everything looks new,
Now, I can see you, on a bright clear day. The Silene of Love
You and your friend went up on a hill
You and your friend stood very still
And you both listen to the silence oflove
But Roger, who wrote poetry, thought he could earn his living as a poet. Or as a toymaker. Or as a teacher, since he had worked as a teacher's aide at the residential facility.