Sensitive and powerful poetic depiction of a boy with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of ‘Learning and Creativity’.
Boy with puzzles for a face
red velvet nose and warm hands
coping with the motion of doors and windows
darkness and light in a hammock, seesaw under strings
Your lips part under a scraped violet sky
freckled cheeks like crayon drawings where
only numbers live in those who have faces ordinary as the day
I watch your fingers grab, hold, twist and play
I watch your fingers move around the
alleyways of air, trepidation, a stream of surfacing thoughts
Plucking at the thunderous chin of life, pulling it string by string
buckets of washed sunlight
Watching the earth in her blue dress
and biting her seams, her feathers in your mouth
You turn around, look at life as it trickles into your mouth
and I wonder why
Beauty always rests in disturbance
I flex my knuckles; welcome your flaccid fingers as they
pervade the black hole of my fist
Your eyes curling, your lips
of orange grass and ephemeral moments
and I wonder how one cannot see that you are so much more alive.
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