Typewriter Rodeo: Dyslexia

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By Jodi EgertonOctober 21, 2016 10:13 am,

Experts estimate that between 15 and 20 percent of the general population has dyslexia in some form. Reading and writing are different experiences for those with the language-based learning disability – and we learn more about it all the time.


The movies will make you think

My brain’s all b’s and d’s

Flipping and spinning and tripping me up

Landing upside down as p’s


But there’s so much more to my neural acrobatics

Each book’s a chance to dance

Chasing shimmering letters

Skipping words

Finding new ones askance


Catch me on a day when I’m top of my game

And I’ll slide through with elegant fluency

But sometimes the pathways are not syncing up

And each paragraph feels like too much to see


My hands catching messages, sends them to paper

Sometimes it’s all not what I meant

But give me some time, I’m crafting greatness here

And history shows my brain’s magic bent

For those who have crafted our world’s greatest inventions

Often have brains like mine

I’m your next Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci

Agatha Christie and Albert Einstein