All my life I’ve been a terrible speller.
I can’t help it,
my brain sometimes doesn’t spell words correctly.
My brain flips all the letters in the word around
making a new word that’s wrong.
Sometimes I even spell the word wrong, wrong.
I’ll spell it w-o-r-n-g; in my brain I don’t think that’s wrong.
One time I was taking an environmental course
and I had a big vocab list of environmental words
like, photosynthesis, and chlorophyll.
I took the exam and the teacher marked all the words
I misspelled all wrong.
I got a tutor.
One day the tutor noticed I’d miss spelled environmental,
I flipped the o and r around.
I looked long and hard at the word,
I broke it into words I knew.
“Envy-ron-mental,” I said, “I envy Ron because he’s mental.”
My tutor and I laughed.
Then I did with another word deforestation.
I said, “So we are becoming a de-forest-nation?”
Then I had a hard time spelling technology.
I broke it up into tech-no-ology, or “The tech has no logic.”
Ever sense I started to break big words down into words I knew.
I don’t spell wrong; I spell different.