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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
twice-exceptional,
your whole life has

two ways about it.

* * *

Notes:

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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Date: 2018-05-13 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
AUGH *insert a lot of frustrated flailing here* THIS

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Date: 2018-05-13 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] torc87
I'm not sure how you choose which poem to post, but I'm so glad my joining led to this one being posted. It's kinda a perfect reminder for me. Ty.

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Date: 2018-05-13 09:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
Yes, thank you indeed. Largely from reading your blog, and the comments and blogs of many of your other readers, I have in the past year or so come to recognize myself as neurovariant: not nearly as much as many of your characters and blog-readers (Ysabethans?), but between the skills and test scores from high school and before on the one hand, and the extreme ADD that wasn't recognized till much later on the other, I find myself here in good company.* And I have just read and downloaded "Advice for 2e Adults", for even in my seventh decade I still have a future to look forward to rather than dreading.


* as in "people who are like me", as well as very much in the other sense of "people I enjoy spending time with"

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Date: 2018-05-13 10:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
I know someone who struggled for years with the misconception that being smart meant you had to be smart about EVERYTHING, and that therefore not being a computer wiz meant that she was "stupid" even though she made it thru college and grad school, in a medical field, with outstanding grades. Unsurprisingly, she is no longer on terms with her relatives, most of whom were either instrumental in messing her up or enablers for those who were doing it.

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Date: 2018-05-14 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mashfanficchick
Yup. 😥 😡

Thanks for this. ❤️

(And, sorry I haven’t said stuff to you. No words lately. 😥😑)

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Date: 2018-05-15 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] daisiesrockalot
YEP

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