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Words do not confine me

15 Mar 2018

A poem written by an IoE student, following a week-long placement in a Swiss Cottage School classroom, as part of ‘What’s Special About Special?’.

 

Words do not confine me

My diagnosis does not define me

I am not a twitch, a fit, a tick

I am not a bite, a hit, a kick

I am not a set of behaviours to control

I am a person, I have a soul.

Every day I struggle to articulate

The food that I’d like on my plate

I may shout. Scream and shriek

I may say things upon repeat

These words do not convey the message that I long to say

I try to make you comprehend

I just want you to be my friend.

That pen you hold in your hand

Creates a barrier I cannot bend

My story isn’t in the words you write

Everyday a new challenge; a new light.

With your help I’ll take a chance

And little by little gain some independence

With words you people built a wall

Let’s knock it down let’s see it fall.

If you’d look closer then you’d see

We’re not so different you and me

I love to laugh or dance or sing

Your words a such a little thing

So come along and hold my hand

Shoulder to shoulder we will stand

If you would reach across the breach

I’ll try to hear what you teach.

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