Friday, March 2, 2012

The Differently Deranged God of Special Ed Gathers Her Children About Her

The differently deranged god of Special Ed
gathers her children about her.
She laughs heartily.
She teaches them steadfastness.
She teaches them the art of surprise.
She teaches them that others will blink
and miss
their brilliance.
She councils them
Only reveal through fanned out feathers  .
Glimpses of your incandescent selves.

She tells them,
Others  will call you imbecile.
Others will call you idiot.
Still others will call you mental.
They will even call you retard.

She whispers consolingly
You transcend labels
they need
to compensate for their
vastly underdeveloped sense making skills.

Give no heed to those puny hearted souls,
who will never grasp that
you are more fully human than they will ever be.
While they puzzle out the mundane,
You shine. Divinely.


  1. Thank you. I hadn't intended to write a second poem about Special Ed. It just came to me.

  2. Why do you call the "god of Special Ed" deranged? If he/she is deranged can you trust what he/she says? #Puzzled.

  3. She is deranged because she is stressed out from trying to give a voice to those she is advocating for. She is also a trickster. If you think of her as a seer then you have to decide for yourself if you can trust what she says. Most Cassandras are dismissed. It's the price they pay for telling the truth. And they know it.

    1. Well aware of Cassandra, that is our first daughter's name :)

  4. It's a beautiful name, kineh hora.

    May she grow up to have a voice that is listened to and well regarded.