My Poem for National Poetry Month
If you remember my post from last week, April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate in my own small way, I’ve written a short poem about the many facets and perspectives of ADHD. An ode is defined as “a lyric poem usually marked by exaltation of feeling and style, varying length of line, and complexity of stanza forms” (source). So, I use the term loosely to describe my poem below.
“How many times” is a phrase I realize I often use pejoratively. It’s been eye-opening doing this poetry exercise to think about that phrase a little differently.
How Many Times: An Ode to an ADHD Life
How many times have you forgotten to put your book bag where it goes?
How many times have you felt bad for forgetting?
How many times have you been ignored because you’re not the hyperactive type – the more obvious “squeaky wheel”?
How many times have you been bullied because of your incredible imagination?
How many times have you been reminded to not talk when the teacher is talking?
How many times have you apologized for being you?
How many times have you been scolded for not practicing the piano?
How many times have you freely forgiven others?
How many times have you been frustrated by homework that isn’t coming easily to you?
How many times have you engineered something seemingly impossible with a little bit of tape and lots of creativity?
How many times are you seen as rude for not playing the social game just right?
How many times have you rendered quiet acts of service to so many of our neighbors?
How many times do I take your brilliance, kindness, and exuberance for granted?
My dear, amazing daughter – too many times.