Kayla Shay (kaylashay) wrote,
Kayla Shay

Poem: A Bad Speller's Compliant (Or Is That Complaint?)

I was thinking about a poem I wrote in high school and figured I would post it here for all to read. It was published in the National Anthology of High School Poems which was presented to then First Lady Hilary Clinton. There were over 100,000 poems entered but only 2000 published. Over 20,000 high schools sent poems in for consideration.

The story behind the poem... My English teacher had a two score method on any paper we turned in for an assignment. One grade was for content and the other was for grammar. We had an assignment regarding the story "Beowulf & Grendel." Throughout my entire paper, I misspelled Grendel as Grendle and had a few other spelling issues to boot. This was back in the days where (if I did type instead handwrite) I used a word processor that had limited capabilities. So, I received an A+ for my content but got a 70 (C-) for my grammar on that paper.

Fast forward one week to our next assignment. We were studying different poems types and one type was a "complaint poem." Our assignment was to write a complaint poem and we could pick any topic to complain about. So I picked spelling and this poem was born. I received a 100/100 (A+) for both grades on this poem and got a remark along the lines of "Excellent comeback ;-)" from my teacher.

A Bad Speller's Compliant (Or Is That Complaint?)
By kaylashay; Circa 1998

It seems no matter how hard I try,
When it comes to spelling -- I have no clue;
At times I am so confused I start to cry,
Because I can't tell "two" from "too" from "to!"

Words like "there" and "their" I sometimes get,
But when you toss in a "they're" to the list,
I stand up and throw a noisy fit --
One might want to avoid my swinging fist!

Spelling words that have "i-e" are a pain,
Since you have to remember what comes after "c",
Then there are words such as "plane" and "plain"
That make me wish I had someplace better to be.

While in science, I always know the cause,
But would you state the "effect" of "affect" for that?
With "right" and "write" I make many flaws,
So I think I will stick with "cat", or is that "kat"?

On any person who can spell just fine,
I wish to place a "spell" on their mind,
So when they try to write a story line,
They will misspell words of each and every kind!
Tags: .original, .poetry

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