My Disability
Author: Mark Spencer


I was born with dyslexia,
And also A.D.D.
Iím not sure that you understand
What this demands of me.

You have formed your low opinion,
And judged me in your way.
Because I do not read your work,
Youíve nothing good to say.

The books I read are all on tape,
My bibleís on CD.
I rarely read the written word,
Itís difficult for me.

The words get jumbled in my mind,
So I must read again.
Sometimes Iíll read things many times,
Before I take it in.

You think Iím some pretentious jerk,
Who gets but doesnít give.
You donít see the adversity
With which I have to live.

I failed to graduate from school,
With all my high school chums.
My teachers never understood,
They just thought I was dumb.

I didnít understand the books,
Or homework they assigned.
So long before you ever judged,
My nature was defined.

This is the monkey on my back,
The cross I have to bear,
You think you have me figured out?
Thatís just the devilís snare!

You do not know the path I walk,
You donít know ME at all!
Did God not warn that judgmentís price
Would cause your soul to fall?

Or do you think that you can sin
Because your heart believes?
That once youíre saved, youíre always saved,
For that belief deceives.

The woman that Lord Jesus found,
At adulteryís door,
Was told, as He forgave her sins,
To go and sin NO MORE.

He didnít say, Now that youíre saved,
Salvation is assured.
For if you know what NOT to do,
You disregard His word!

If you think Iím the evil one,
Because I do not read,
Then you have been corrupted by
The devilís prideful seed.

Your time is nearly up my friend,
The sickle will soon fall.
And it will not skip over those
Who THINK their sins are small.

I am a man afflicted by
A disability.
To think of me as something else,
Is YOUR iniquity.


Comments on this poem/writing:

Wess ( -- Monday, May 23 2011, 09:03 pm

Powerful stuff!

Gutsy piece Mark.
Meri ( -- Wednesday, May 25 2011, 03:55 am


It's so good to know that only God can judge and that the only person that can hold us back is us.

Good for you Mark. Testify.

P.S. Still looking for that poetry book by Mark Spencer in local stores near me.
Becky ( -- Friday, May 27 2011, 04:20 am


Its a shame people are judged and disabilities are not considered. Instead of the lack, they should be considering the struggle and strengths that are learned and achieved by those that are not able to take for granted the "simple" things.

Great writing and message Mark.....
Wyldflower ( -- Friday, June 24 2011, 05:46 am


You put the SMACK DOWN on the ignorant and hard hearted.....peace
Barb ( -- Friday, October 26 2012, 05:23 pm

I love it

This speaks so loud for all of us disabled,thanks like I say we are just disabled not stupid!
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