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SSS Sucks

September 15, 2014
By Princess.Renda GOLD, Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Princess.Renda GOLD, Travelers Rest, South Carolina
14 articles 0 photos 159 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All the world is made of faith, trust, and pixie dust." --J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


N’s and M’s, P’s and Q’s, V’s and W’s
Identical twins, no difference do I see
Letters hide in neighboring words
“Stop it!” I beg “Enough!”
Their vanishing act a bitter mockery
Frustration boils inside me
The page is too bright
I want to give up, to cry out

 

“Read aloud” my teachers say
I take a breath,
Fear quakes inside
I look at the book, the words are a blur
“Just take it slow” I tell myself

Words fall out of my mouth with the grace
Of a drunken rhino
Listeners snicker loudly behind their hands
Blood flushes my face
I feel dizzy, I feel sick
The teacher impatiently aids my pronunciation
My eyelids remain open wide, not daring to blink
Less the words escape my sight

 

Blood flushes my face
I feel every eye in the room bore a hole into me
Why me? Why now? Why here?
Finally the teacher has had enough
ANother reader is chosen


The author's comments:

SSS is short for scotopic sensitivity syndrome. As far as I'm aware, its pretty unknown and it sucks. Words shift around and blink out of sight, and the white paper is like shining a flash light in my eyes. Color layovers help, I actually have color glasses--but everyone thinks they are sunglasses. I get picked on a lot for them, so I wrote this to let more people become aware of it. If more people knew about it, then people all over could be getting help for this instead of suffering in ignorance.

 

Just a shout out to the wonderful dears who tested me and helped me get the glasses :)


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on Sep. 21 2014 at 1:31 pm
Princess.Renda GOLD, Travelers Rest, South Carolina
14 articles 0 photos 159 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All the world is made of faith, trust, and pixie dust." --J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Thanks, darlin! And you're welcome :)

on Sep. 21 2014 at 11:37 am
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

It's wonderful, Renda. :) It's so good and honest. I love it. You have such a talent. Thank you for sharing this. :)