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Dyslexic Schoolgirl's Poem Moves Twitter Users To Tears

Dyslexic Schoolgirl's Poem Moves Twitter Users To Tears

Twitter users were overcome with emotion over a young girl's "beautiful and powerful" poem - which reads completely differently from bottom to top - showing the struggles of living with dyslexia.

The 10-year-old's teacher shared the moving poem on social media, and the schoolgirl's since been hailed a 'writing sensation'.

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Jane Broadis, a year six teacher at at Christ Church Chorleywood C of E school, in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, said she was "stunned" when she first saw the handwritten poem, which can also be read backwards.

Reading from top down, the poem is a heartbreaking insight into how people with dyslexia often feel victimised and worthless.

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Credit: Pexels

But if the reader goes from bottom to top, it is a strong and uplifting poem about the condition.

"I showed the class a poem written by an American teenager called 'The Worse Day Ever' which when read backwards, it gives a completely different, and more positive, meaning," said teacher Jane. "There were two girls who really took to it and they spent all lunch time writing their own poems."

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She continued: "I showed them this poem to teach them that there is a different perspective of life and when times seem difficult, things can change.

"I was absolutely stunned when this tiny and humble 10-year-old showed me the poem.

"I can't believe she wrote something so beautiful and powerful in such a short space of time - she wrote it during her one and-a-quarter hour lunch break."

The eight-lined poem which begins with "I am stupid" shows the struggles of living with dyslexia and the obstacles faced when trying to succeed academically.

"Many people can struggle at school because of the curriculum's focus on English and Maths," Jane explained.

"I always encourage the children to write poetry in their spare time, it's a great release for them.

"I knew this girl had a knack for words, but I was really stunned that this powerful poem came from such a little person."

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Credit: SWNS

In less than 24 hours, Jane's tweet was shared more than 30,000 times.

One person wrote: "I was called stupid by my year 6 teacher. Three years later diagnosed with dyslexia."

Another Twitter user said: "Thanks. My second grade teacher threw a paper in my face and asked if I was stupid.

"My parents got me dyslexia training... result: 2 college degrees and a 40-year career as a journalist/writer."

Jane, who has been teaching since the 1990s, said: "I think it resonated with so many people because in the past people who were dyslexic were told they were stupid and failures.

"I think a lot of people wished they were encouraged and supported in school.

"This is an amazing example of the positive power social media can have, we often teach children about the dangers of the internet but this shows the good side."

The teacher hopes the young writer's work could be published, and one publisher has already been in contact.

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Credit: SWNS

From top to bottom, the poem reads: "I am stupid.

"Nobody would every 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."

But from the bottom upwards, the poem's meaning changes completely.

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It reads: "I can make it in life.

"Nobody could ever convince me to think that

"I am a failure.

"That is wrong

"I was meant to be great.

"I have a talent for words

"Nobody would ever say

"I am stupid."

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Topics: Life News, Real

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - [email protected]

 

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