Dyspraxia and Me: Is it funny that I cannot swim?
Is it funny that I cannot swim?
And struggle trying to keep trim?
My problems with coordination,
Make any sport a sheer frustration.
Is it funny that I can’t ride a bike?
That my balance skills went out on strike?
So when I climbed a tree or wall,
I was sure that I would always fall.
Is it funny that I hate to dance?
That I will never use it to romance?
I do not move with skill or grace,
I just worry I’ll fall on my face!
Is it funny I have another bruise?
And it’s nothing to do with my new shoes!
When I walk I’m not so stable,
I accidentally bash into the table!
Is it funny when I try to run?
Or when people try to make fun?
For me these things are not that drastic,
It’s just because I am dyspraxic.
I wrote this poem as a reaction to someone laughing at me when I said I am unable to swim. I’ve had many lessons over the years and I have never managed to master it. Apparently it was very funny that an adult was unable to swim. I wasn’t laughing. It’s something that has bothered me for years. I can’t ride a bike either. I used to fall off even with stabilisers on my bike.
However, one thing that requires coordination that I CAN do is playing a musical instrument. In fact, when I am presented with a new musical instrument I can usually play a song on it within half an hour. I bet there aren’t many people who can do that!!!
Find out more about dyspraxia on the Dyspraxia Foundation website!