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A Bright Child who could Read at 5
I couldn’t Pronounce the Sounds I’d never Heard
Just because the Desks were Full
I was sent up a Grade from Class One
To Where the Kids were Big and Bold.
But I was much too Young
I was Never Taught my ABCs
Quiet, I Never spoke an EXtra Word.
Dictionaries were Mysterious books
Where Words appeared by Chance
In Libraries I was lost among the Shelves
I never learnt to Sing the Alphabet
Even when I got all As at my Os
I was always Out of Order
At University I couldn’t get the Dewey
System Crooked or Straight
Until I was 50 and doing my MA
Did I deserve a Very Good or a Zed Grade?
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It’s a hard life if you are illiterate.