This is the essay I submitted to the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) for their 2014 Children’s Scholarship Award contest. I hope you enjoy it!
When the thrum, thrum, thrum of my heart is done
I’ll have changed the world one by one.
The world will know my name
I’ll put a stop to endless shame
And show them this is not a game.
Twitching makes me who I am
My heart is a priceless gem.
This twitching world refuses to see
That twitches do not ruin me.
I twitch and nearly “punch” someone
I twitch all twitching night long
I twitch until the break of dawn
A burden does not twitching make
Burdens are those who fake
Those who climb down the depths of society
And cry to all “pity me”!
But … that is not me
For I will not rest until the day
When all of us can twitch away.