How important is conjugating a verb
or mastering Algebra?
How inspiring is a brand that stifles?
Charting impossible is adventurous,
but what of resistance from those who diagnose,
chose from labels pre-set, who resist possibilities,
Hail those who prod, inspire, dare to dream
of glass ceilings shattered,
who seize the day,
rules changed; mother bears
ferociously guiding, challenging.
Burning is talent unrecognized, world at peril
as Einsteins in basements
collect government assistance
neglected of inspiration and an equal place
to live for today so we have tomorrow.
Why is "different" only applauded
when it's outwardly beautiful?
Why are we unable to see within -
why does it scare us?
Margaret Bednar, September 15, 2018
It isn't that being "labeled" is bad, it is what comes with that label. Back in Grandin's childhood days, it would have meant institutionalization - and look at her today because of her strong-willed, highly educated mother - who fought the "establishment" and in my opinion, a hero. A significant percentage, perhaps, of computer "nerds" and people like Einstein have changed our world - are (were) most likely somewhere on the Autistic spectrum. What miraculous discoveries are not being fulfilled because of coddling, "sympathy", or labeling that thwarts their genius? In my opinion, today our school systems, college degrees, etc. are set up to do quite a bit of harm to these individuals (to anyone who learns differently - my son might be mildly dyslexic) ... who need to have education personalized, learn differently from the majority... What will our future be missing because "administration" and government regulations stifle their progress?
I watched the movie "Temple Grandin" (a "watch now" movie on Amazon Prime) and then just couldn't let this woman go and I googled her and have listened to many of her conference talks and interviews. HERE is her specific web site. Below is an interview you might enjoy:
This if for two prompts. One is "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Music with Marion - Made for Now" a Janet Jackson video and have applied the sentiments to this poem.
I also hope it qualifies for "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Weekend Challenge - Resistance".
Of which I apologize as I think I missed the actual point of the prompt - to delve into that which blocks us from our inner poetic voice - what do we avoid saying, feeling - therefor not writing our best truth... ? I think it's a bit too deep for me to figure out ...