Must-read: A ten-year-old girl wrote a beautiful backwards poem to highlight dyslexia
28th Feb 2019
Social media most definitely has a dark side, but every so often it does, as Marie Kondo says, spark joy.
This is one of those moments in the form of a poignant poem written by a 10-year-old girl.
The verse has warmed hearts online for its insight into the treatment of people with dyslexia and double-meaning.
Teacher Jane Broadis shared the verse on Twitter on Wednesday evening and it has gone viral with the tweet being liked more than 129,000 times since.
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She shared the post, hoping it would gain traction to highlight the poem, which is profound and insightful – the fact that it was written by a schoolgirl of just 10-years-old makes it all the more impressive.
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
At first, the poem seems to be despairing. But, when read in reverse, it becomes the opposite; a rallying of hope and positivity in just a few sentences.
The poem reads:
“I am stupid.
Nobody should 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.”
With almost 2,000 comments on the tweet, it’s obvious that it resonated with many, particularly those who have dyslexia.
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
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
As the mother of a dyslexic son, this speaks volumes to me. Just beautiful x
— Tracy B (@mrsb2205) February 27, 2019
As the mom of a teen with severe dyslexia, who was told repeatedly in grade school that he would never succeed, please tell the author this is the most insightful and beautiful poem I’ve ever read on the subject. -proud mom to a dyslexic honor student who proved them all wrong
— Amy Eldridge (@amy_lwb) February 28, 2019
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