• Jodi Samuels

Through My Eyes



Temira is 10 years old and had always shown maturity beyond her years. She is reading a book about a girl who has a special needs sister and this inspired her poems. I feel that I want to share her thoughts. When Caily was born we were not sad, we were not mad. I only had one big fear – how would having a sister with Down syndrome impact Caily’s siblings.


Through my eyes


By Temira Samuels


Try to see the world through my eyes


You might be surprised


Now I can walk and walk


Talk and talk


Like everyone else


When I talk it makes sense


If only you would believe


You could see how much I achieve


I painted your black and white world


And now my story is told


My daughter


By Temira Samuels


My daughter is very wise


If only she could shed her disguise


Then they could see her real self


And they wouldn’t treat her like a stupid elf


You will see how she is meant to be


We will see – you and me


As she is growing


It will start showing


Who she is


And she is not a quizz


Originally published: April 20, 2015

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