Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Two Ways About It"

This is the second freebie for the May 1, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl thanks to new prompter [personal profile] torc87. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart.

"Two Ways About It"

Being twice-exceptional
means never being believed.

The people who focus
on what you do well
have no sympathy for
what you do poorly.

The ones who stick to
the things you can't do
don't see all the things
you do better than them.

Every failure becomes
a reason not to let you
try anything at all.

Every success becomes
a reason never to help you,
turning into another failure.

People only see half of you, and
it's the half they choose.

It doesn't matter
how good you are
or how bad you are at
anything, when their minds
are already made up.

They tell you that there's
no two ways about it,
you're either smart
or you're not, but
that's the thing:

when you are
your whole life has

two ways about it.

* * *


Twice-exceptional refers to people who have some area(s) of great ability and some area(s) of great difficulty. Often what happens is that one obscures the other, or they seem to cancel each other out, so the person misses some or all of the extra support they need. Neurotypical people believe many wrong things about twice-exceptional folks. There are tips for parents and teachers to support twice-exceptional children. Also, people tend to forget that twice-exceptional kids grow into twice-exceptional adults, for whom there is little if any support -- even though many still need it. Here is some advice for twice-exceptional adults.
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