An inspirational poem by a 10-year-old highlighting the misconceptions about dyslexia — a learning disability — has moved netizens. Shared by the student’s teacher Jane Broadis, the poem is a palindrome — reads forward and backwards — that brings out, in its own innocent way, the stereotypes that children with learning disabilities have to face.
“Today in Y6 we looked at poems that could be read forwards & backwards. I was stunned by this one written by one of my 10-year-olds,” tweeted Broadis along with the photograph of the poem titled Dyslexia.
Today in Y6 we looked at poems that could be read forwards & backwards. I was stunned by this one written by one of my 10 year olds. Please share – I would love her work to be appreciated further afield. I wonder if it could even find a publisher? pic.twitter.com/tmEQpiRrhq
— Jane Broadis (@Jb5Jane) February 27, 2019
“I am Stupid
Nobody would ever say
I have a talent for words
I was meant to be great
That is wrong
I am a failure
Nobody could ever convince me to think that
I can make it in life.”
The poem, when read from top to bottom, sounds depressing and heartbreaking, however, when read backwards, conveys a positive message. It did not take long for the post to go viral, with many praising the student. “I was reading it backwards like “life in it make can I” and was like…. this doesn’t make any sense and then I realised. Why is this child more intelligent than me,” wrote Calum McSwiggan on the viral post.
— jane henry (@J4NE_HENRY) February 28, 2019
One of the best poems I’ve ever read. Thanks, kid. https://t.co/axsgGBSojO
— Jilly-be (@llijbe) February 28, 2019
Amazing ten year old poet. https://t.co/RKkFT45Ftr
— Laine Lubar (@LaineAmi) February 28, 2019
This bought a tear to my eye! As someone who found out they had dyslexia as an adult, it often makes me feel inadequate in the work place. I might print this out and keep on my desk ❤ https://t.co/2sHNBOltaF
— Evangeline Fordham (@evaayyy) February 28, 2019
love it! i was confused for a moment after reading it backwards word for word not line by line pic.twitter.com/M9jElck4PQ
— josephine🌞 (@jolovescurls) February 27, 2019
I was reading it backwards like “life in it make can I” and was like…. this doesn’t make any sense and then I realised. Why is this child more intelligent than me
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) February 27, 2019
Made this grown man cry. I must have read it over twenty times already.
— James Simporis (@simporis) February 27, 2019