This year I have written my Red Letter in the form of a poem to each of my students. As a specialist dyslexia teacher, I have the great pri...

My Red Letter 2017 - L015 - Victoria

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This year I have written my Red Letter in the form of a poem to each of my students. As a specialist dyslexia teacher, I have the great privilege of working with amazingly strong and talented, quirky and intelligent students every day. As an adult dyslexic learner myself, this is a great joy and inspiration to me as a teacher and also as a member of the human race.

Hero

Beautiful and precious dyslexic child, 
This letter of hopeful thanks is yours. 
You will always be my greatest hero 
And the inspiration that forces change.

To you who stand, dauntlessly strong, 
Despite the constantly raging storm of a 
Weary world that knows you not. A world 
That sees your pain, yet helps you not.

To the timid soul who secretly cowers 
In a sea of unintelligible, hollow words 
But holds fast. I see your silent strength 
As you cradle your fragile, anxious heart.

Forged by ingenuity’s power-fuelled fire 
And protected by a self-made cocoon,  
My hero, the creator artist, stands crafting 
Future joy from adversity’s brittle shards.

Racing through, resting on silent strength, 
You dance and run, and kick that baleful ball 
As if it were those who laugh or fail to help. 
Determination etched within, you stand tall.

To the little one who cradles a love-worn tale 
Endlessly hoping, struggling, fighting to read. 
Your battle grinds beauty into bitter tears but,
In bleeding hands, you grasp that precious book.

Here stands my hero, exhausted by the battle. 
Here stands a precious soul whose strength 
To wake each day to read, and read again, 
Stirs me to hold that weary hand and fight.


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