ADD

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“I’m so ADD”, they say

and I laugh

It’s not an adjective

Pay attention

You can’t “be” it

Pay attention

Do they know what it’s like?

To have a chorus of thoughts,

all at one time?

Pay attention

Or to force their minds to cling to every word of the professor,

but still get lost in the lecture?

Pay attention

Do they experience the inability

to turn off their minds?

Pay attention

Or to be incapable of completing homework

without taking a pill?

Pay attention

To have thoughts like a shiny, round bubble

that pop before you can catch them?

Pay attention

Or to be a victim and causation

of so much frustration?

Pay attention

To hear impatient sighs when asking,

“Can you please repeat that?”

Pay attention

Maybe they would…

if they just paid attention.

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