A Genius, by Any Other Name

Updated on August 9, 2018


There are geniuses among us, each hidden from plain view,

The very essence of great intelligence, more than just a few.

Beethoven, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Einstein, Edison, Bell,

All names recognized and to applaud, handicapped as well.


Washington, Roosevelt, Keller, Milton, grand contributors, all,

Williams, Hawkins, Cruise, Ford, Tesla, Morse, each stand tall.

Were not any handicaps they did not overcome, all succeeded,

Their great discoveries, inventions, and art were not impeded.



Some came from modest backgrounds, had no motivation,

They found their strength from within, at each fine ovation.

The child who seems not to fit in, as an unwanted outcast,

Most struggled all their lives, proving as successes at last.


Many to be ignored, so criticized, all of their lives, put down,

Seemed to fail at every attempt, made fun of, like any clown.

If not for their fantastic contributions, society not to succeed,

Our futures would not be quite as bright, daily to be in need.



Great scientists, inventors, named geniuses, do belong,

Through mighty challenges, they all remained so strong.

Their superior intelligence held, hidden from plain sight.

That which is taken for granted, in reality, all had to fight.


One who struggles to read, write, can't hear, or cannot see,

Many hold more inside where their thoughts do flow so free.

The common man and woman, are as champions in the end,

No matter how tall or small, of their true worth, is held within.



They pulled themselves up from their humble beginnings,

Real geniuses of this world, in sharing gifts, their winnings.

Meeting all challenges ten-fold, all moving forward, so bold,

Revealing their true generosity, as so, from the times of old.


While we see, no longer are blind, no more, absent of mind,

That we should be honored by their very existence, in kind.

Each child, so precious, so mild, to be a veritable intellectual,

Those richly gifted in their thoughts, their abilities, perceptual.

As a teacher of Special Needs children for many years, I have found geniuses in my classes...just waiting to be revealed to the world.
As a teacher of Special Needs children for many years, I have found geniuses in my classes...just waiting to be revealed to the world.

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    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR

      whonunuwho 

      7 months ago from United States

      Thank you Kari, Many blessings. whonu

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      Kari Poulsen 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      This is a lovely poem!

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR

      whonunuwho 

      7 months ago from United States

      Thank you for your support Gypsy. Blessings to you and family. whonu

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most creative and interesting poetry.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR

      whonunuwho 

      7 months ago from United States

      A real genius never calls themselves one...all those around know the facts...

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR

      whonunuwho 

      7 months ago from United States

      Genius is quite often proven over time, as all realize their significant contribution to society.

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