“I Went to School” poem

“I went to school” submitted by Wayne Hislop, a poet who writes passionately about dyslexia. Be sure to check out his other works.

I Went To School

My voice is like a dog whistle,

as no one can hear

a voice without reason;

my words are wise

but there’s no one

to hear them.

Within my almost

Silent erratic cries

I fall deep, deep to the shadows

Of a forgotten corner

The dunce cap placed

And blessed.

Ecstatically busy


Teachers, entangled by

The easy achiever

Golden knowledge,

gold thread, spun to the head.

They will not let me weave;

for I cannot read.

By Wayne Hislop (copyrighted)

Spell Shaper

I just finished reading “Spell Shaper” by Sarah Aghajanian, a clever book designed for dyslexic readers in grades 2 – 5. It’s about a boy who struggles in Magic School, while he painfully watches his younger sister excel. The words of the magic spells get mixed up in his mind, and his classmates are quick to make fun of him. His tutor explains that some brains work differently – they may have trouble deciphering written words, but they are more creative. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say it leaves you with a positive message. You can watch a video about the book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE0AUNLKgbY&feature=youtu.be, or you can message the author here: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.aghajanian?fref=ts. Enjoy!