Self Portrait

I can not:

pronounce “tournament”

keep a promise

lay a book down –

locked within my grasp

disclose my thoughts

juggle a ball

be labeled “aunt” –

relied on to keep the family name

get across to my peers

be like my sister


I enjoy solitude

I can not be in order with myself

I can try and maintain a garden

I can hardly remember

my first grade teacher’s name

I am trying my best


I can not

“slow down”


I can:

pitch a tent

compose a study guide

strive to understand

sleep a day away –

an animal in hibernation

preserve a clean room

hold a conversation

cook a meal

listen intently

write my thoughts

obey demands


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