When elementary school teacher Jane Broadis began teaching her class about poems that can be read both forward and backward, she wasn’t expecting to receive one that would actually stop her in her tracks.
The poem, entitled “Dyslexia,” is not only a quality poem with vastly different meanings depending on the direction in which it’s read, but also a surprisingly insightful look into this particular student’s perspective of their learning disorder.
“Please share – I would love her work to be appreciated further afield. I wonder if it could even find a publisher?” she wrote on Twitter.
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
The poem reads:
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 tweet already has garnered over 173k likes and hundreds have left encouraging comments of both support and amazement, many of whom suffer or knows someone personally who suffers from the disorder, as well.
Thanks. My second grade teacher threw a paper in my face and asked if I was stupid. My parents got me dyslexia training through the Shriners. Result: 2 college degrees and a 40 year career as a journalist/writer.
— rgratcliffe (@rgratcliffe) February 27, 2019
Thank u for sharing my D’ter is dyslexic and it took me months and months to get anyone to acknowledge there was a problem. I wish she had u as a teacher
— Suhi (@Suhi43969762) February 27, 2019
As the mother of a dyslexic son, this speaks volumes to me. Just beautiful x
— Tracy B (@mrsb2205) February 27, 2019
I am dyslexic, I learn differently, I find some of the things my brain comes up with hilarious. This young students poem is wonderful. Well done. Dyslexia doesn’t stop you doing anything. You just have to find a way around the obsticle. Side step it.
— Jen (@jennywhitwot) February 27, 2019
Made this grown man cry. I must have read it over twenty times already.
— James Simporis (@simporis) February 27, 2019
Wonderful! I was called stupid by my year 6 teacher. 3 years later diagnosed with Dyslexia.
We just see things others can not.
— John Hendrick (@John84Hendrick) February 27, 2019