A strong, hard-hitting poem on autistic children, for the Autism Special Edition I
Want to write a plaintive tale
About me and my ilk, O’ Poet!
Stop filling your blank canvas
With melancholic ink;
Hold your pen from painting me
The way I have been, till today;
Be an iconoclast
And change the modus operandi;
Refill your pen with the ink of exhilaration,
And start writing a eulogy;
You perchance fill your fancy
With the thoughts,
That I am autistic
And crumble under the bondage
Of my handicap;
Nay! I have my own sovereign microcosm
And I summon the sun to shine
On the firmament I myself create;
I beckon the colourful flowers in profusion,
And I too savour their hueful rainbow
And breathe in their aromatic whiffs;
I am not a nincompoop
Like the ones amongst you;
Though “I can be destroyed
I can never be defeated”;
I never fag away while struggling
The odds and buffets of life,
How harsh and hard they may be.
Just leaf through the pages of history,
How many autistic persons have given up
Their struggle for existence,
And how many have committed suicide,
So, hang on, O’ Poet, hang on!
And change your perception
Before you set to write
A poem on me and my ilk.
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