Friday, March 12, 2010

A Proud Survivor


I am a dyslexic confident survivor,
Battled the taunts to emerge braver.
School was a nightmare best forgotten,
Tables ‘n’ writing made my brain molten.

Tears in my eyes I remember very clearly,
When asked in class to read a poem loudly.
No report card had more zeros than mine,
My handwriting! A crow walked on the line!

The written symbol and the spoken sound,
Foxed and cornered, I revolted out loud.
Now I write poems without much trouble,
With rhythm flow words without a fumble.

No fear or angst just high self-esteem,
Vivacious tranquility colours my dream.

This is a true story...I heap a 10 ton thanks on my computer for correcting all my misspelt words in my poems and in my comments!!!!  and if you still find some, do tell me coz I have got thick skinned enough not to take it to heart!  LOL

(21st August, 2006)

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Chapters From My Life said...

Thanks for posting that Nalini. My son is dyslexic but I never mention it because I do not want anyone to treat him like a misfit or him to lose his confidence. I have told him about it a bit so that he will not get frustrated over the spellings etc.
I am glad that you have emerged a great winner and never allowed it to hold you back

Nalini Hebbar said...

But you should tell will help him coz then he knows that it is no fault of his...that would boost his confidence.
my son is dyslexic too...but since I understood I didn't allow him to feel it is a problem...I always told him what he wrote and not how, was important.
I also showed him Mahatma Gandhi's handwriting...and the great dyslexic scientists too.

Matty said...

Congratulations for excelling anyway. What a nice poem, and it tells your story so well. My hat is off to you.

Chandni (Chanz) said...

Nalini, I a not left with any words to write here.. I feel sad (and angry too). Coz I was always a normal child.. and I threw tantrums too..

Vinita Apte said...

You have portrayed the emotions of a dyslexic child so wonderfully. got to know more about them only after watching TZP.

You have a way with words Nalini :) Kudos.

Saras said...

Amazing is all that I can think of saying! I maintain a list of Extraordinary persons, whom I regard and respect, in which you are a part.You have just now climbed the ranks to be at the top. God Bless you.

Unknown said...

amazing.. and really inspiring.. We need to support people with such problems... i ve seen patients with downs syndrome in my hospital, they are mentally challenged.. But small things like they really enjoy music and dance to it.. Small stuffs like this brings smile to your face..

Tarun Mitra said...

u took it to your heart :)

Anyways...wonderful...I don't have anymore words to describe this wonderful piece..

Karan Agrawal said...

WOW! Thats an amazing poem. It is very touching...

Nalini Hebbar said...

Thanks to all my readers..."nothing is impossible"...that is my favourite phase