Kids say the darnedest things. They can also write the most compelling ones.
A “reverse” poem a 10-year-old girl in England wrote about dyslexia has gone viral for its clever formatting and inspiring message.
The poem aptly called “Dyslexia” paints a downtrodden picture when you read it from top to bottom, but strikes a much more empowering tone when you read from the bottom line back to the top.
Jane Broadis, the girl’s teacher at Christ Church School, just north of London, shared the poem on Twitter where it has been widely applauded.
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”
Now read it up!
The author, whose identity has not been revealed, is neither dyslexic nor has any connection with the learning disorder. “She’s just a sensitive child and that’s the theme she chose,” Broadis tells TODAY. “I’ve spoken about dyslexia. It’s just something she tuned into.”
The poem was a happy accident. “We were filling time. It wasn’t even part of a lesson,” Broadis said.
Students reminded her that she had told them once about a reverse poem called “Worst Day Ever?,” which was written by American teenager Chanie Gorkin back in 2015. The students then gave it a try by writing a few lines themselves, an exercise that really captured the imagination of the girl who wrote this piece.
“She chose to carry on,” Broadis said, even after class ended. “She chose to stay in my classroom at lunchtime on her own. She’s a little wordsmith.”
This post was an excerpt of an article from The Today Show written by Drew Weisholtz. If you’d like to read the full article, you can click here!
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