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When dyslexic secondary school children at the Moon Hall School were assigned writing poems as homework, you can imagine what their first thoughts might be: me? Poetry? No way. I can tell you how I feel, but don’t make me write it!

But what they came up with was remarkable. Vivid imagery – at times heartbreaking – poured out of these students’ pens. They wrote beautifully about the emotional difficulty, the panic, the disappointment, that their literacy difficulties have caused them over the years. Some of these poems brought parents and teachers to tears upon reading them.

Take a look at a few excerpts here:

Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, an online program for children with reading difficulties, dyslexia, and more. Get a free 10-day trial at