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Working Definition

I had a learning disability which went undiagnosed until the middle of fifth grade.

By D'Shan BerryPublished about a year ago 1 min read
Working Definition
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Meaning exertion or effort

To produce or accomplish something.

A definition acid etched

Onto my fifth grade self.

I'd fallen short, again;

Left things unfinished, lacking.

Up to the front,

My teacher bade me walk, alone.

"Read the definition, aloud."

I apologized to no avail.

"Read it, now," so, I began.

The snickers started slowly,

Faintly, and then grew.

Their pointing fingers,

Made blurry by my tears.

I yearned to dissolve

Into a puddle on the floor.

The words ceased to flow

Past the lump in my throat.

Finally, she let me return

To my desk,

My head hung down

In shame.


About the Creator

D'Shan Berry

I love words. I love art. I love Jesus.

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