Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor
Tell Me I’m Normal By Elsie Doll
My family said not a word about it,
So I believed it was only I who shook
For no reason at all.
I was thirteen when tremor tentacles
Wrapped round my self-esteem.
I had no quarrel with life to deem
Me nervous as thought by my family.
Yet there it was consuming me,
A trembling like their’s denied.
In the privacy of my soul I cried,
Is there anyone to tell me I’m normal!
With trepidations, I left my family
In search of others not nervous, yet shaky,
And low and behold to my wondrous surprise,
I found scores of people supplied
With tremors and healthy esteem inside.
I stared and they said, “Hey, you shake too!
Do you not know that staring is rude?”
“Ironic,” I said. “As I hate stares at me.”
I became a member of their club ET,
And my self-esteem rose to where it should be.
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