The Misunderstood Child ~ Poem

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Janna, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Janna

    Janna New Member

    I've had this a while, thought I'd share ~ summarizes my son, Dylan, pretty well.

    I found this very touching but true to what goes on in life with children.

    The Misunderstood Child

    I am the child that looks healthy and fine.
    I was born with ten fingers and toes.
    But something is different. somewhere in my mind.
    And what it is nobody knows.

    I am the child that struggles at school,
    Though they say that I'm perfectly smart.
    They tell me I'm lazy-can learn if I try-
    But I don't seem to know where to start.

    I am the child that won't wear the clothes
    which hurt me or bother my feet.
    I dread sudden noises, can't handle most smells,
    And tastes- there are few foods I will eat.

    I am the child that can't catch the ball
    And runs with an awkward gait.
    I am the one chosen last on the team
    And I cringe as I stand there and wait.

    I am the child with whome knowone will play-
    The one that gets bullied and teased.
    I try to fit in and I want to be liked,
    But nothing I do seems to please.

    I am the child that tantrums and freaks
    Over things that seem petty and trite.
    You'll never know how I panic inside,
    When I'm lost in my anger and fright.

    I am the child that fidgets and squirms
    Though I'm told to sit still and be good.
    Do you think that I choose to be out of control?
    Don't you know that I would if I could?

    I am the child with the broken heart
    Though I act like I din't really care.
    Perhaps there's a reason God made me this way-
    Some message he sent me to share.

    For I am the child that needs to be loved
    And accepted and valued too.
    I am the child that is misunderstood,
    I am different-but look just like you.

    Author - Kathy Winters
  2. Steely

    Steely Active Member it. thanks for sharing.
  3. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    I loved the poem too.

    And yet, it made me cry. A lot. I so wish people could understand. And I so wish there was something I could do to make my child better. Of course, I know I am not alone.

    That is why I am so grateful for this board.
  4. On_Call

    On_Call New Member

    Wow. Powerful poem. I'm typing through tears - could be she wrote that about my difficult child.
  5. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Thanks for sharing Janna! Very true to life for our difficult children.
  6. ShakespeareMamaX

    ShakespeareMamaX New Member

    That wrenched my heart...

    A touching perception through the child's eyes...

    Thank you for sharing it.
  7. ODDMOM8571

    ODDMOM8571 New Member

    Yes, I am crying too ... thank you for the poem.
  8. TexasTornado

    TexasTornado New Member

    Beautiful Poem-and it hurts to hear what Im sure is true inside our difficult child's hearts :frown:
  9. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    This is something I'm going to keep on hand to share with the next teacher who orders my difficult child 2 to stop being so fidgety, or reprimands him for being disorganized and forgetful, not to mention impulsive. Thanks for sharing it!
  10. tracy551

    tracy551 New Member

    WOW!!! made me cry, for sure. And soooo true.