The Lament of the Adult A.D.D.-er

© 2002, © 2004 by Janice D. Green


I’m old enough to know myself
To know what I can and cannot do
Don’t fault me for choosing
Not to beat my head against the wall
Yet one more time
Just to please you.

Some things I do well,
Yes, I truly excel.
While in some things I’m slow
Though by now I know
How to compensate for most
In other ways.

I might not fit your mold
Though you don’t understand why.
I may be slow to catch on
No matter how hard I try
For I’m smart as a whip
In some ways, that’s true.
I don’t choose to be slow
So don’t act like I do.

I do know my mind
So don’t think me unkind
If I say I can’t do what you ask.
If I don’t know me by now
I’d like to know how
You know me so well.
It seems we just met.

It’s your support I need
An encouraging word
Or a helping hand
In places where I fall short
To know that you see
The things I do well
Valuing them and me
Above all the voids.

I’m old enough to know myself
To know what I can and cannot do
Don’t fault me for choosing
Not to beat my head against the wall
Yet one more time
Just to please you!

To Speak or Not to Speak

© Copyright 2004 by Janice Green

Shout it out,
do not pout.
Without a doubt
to go without
speaking your mind
would be unkind
to yourself.

But then again
words spin
in the wind
and when
they return
you may get burned
for your neglect
of respect.