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January 20, 2017


Dedicated to the extraordinary learners, stay extraordinary…


I didn’t know I couldn’t,

I didn’t know I shouldn’t.

These words often tumble out of my mouth,

Explaining to those who thought I wouldn’t.


Why did you shout when you knew the answer,

Instead of raising your hand?

Why can’t you follow the rules we set?

Why is it so hard for you to understand?

What makes you think you can jump from the tree,

When everyone else knew to take the ladder?

Why are your highs so high,

And your lows so much sadder?


These questions rain condescension.

You aren’t normal translates simply to societies apprehension,

With those that think different

Well they must be wrong,

For if they are right,

Then it means we don’t belong.


And this illogical fear that fuels their thinking,

Drives brilliance away, progressive minds shrinking.

Get in line, take a number,

That’s how the world goes round.

There is only one way to get the answer,

Yet riddles are proclaimed unsolvable, conventional methods leave the answer unfound.

And we standardize learning, making them always believe,

Out of the box thinking is stupid,

So mark A, B, or C and fill in the bubble completely please.


Maybe there is another way to climb up that tree,

To answer the equation that escapes you and me.

To find a world where we can each have a voice,

And understanding that we don’t understand much at all,

We are all different by nature, not by choice.

And within us, a uniqueness, a blessing divine,

That just needs someone to stop telling them, that they are all blind.


What if they were never told “you can’t” and “you won’t”?

What if they set out in the world, nobody to tell them “don’t!”

What if they could find the answers that are out of our reach,

Because we ourselves are the blind ones, thinking there is only one way to teach.


Written by 7 Cups Therapist Prairie Conlon
Prairie is a licensed counselor who offers therapy services on 7 Cups. Click here to start therapy with Prairie today!