The Mysterious Mind of an Autistic

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I am an “autistic,”
A person with certain disabilities.

I always thought of myself different to my society.
From my sensitivity to being touched,
To my eyes avoiding other eyes,
It shows I’m not like most others.
I sometimes thought if I wasn’t from this planet,
And somehow, there were some survivors,
Including me,
Who escaped from the apocalypse on that planet.
We then crashed down to this planet,
And that we feel so sorry about what happened to our planet,
That we keep acting like
As if we were still on it.
It’s like we are following a religion,
As if we were in our own little world.
On this world,
It’s like we speak two different languages,
They speak a variety of languages, such as English,
While people like me speak autistic.
We have a difficult time communicating with our new society,
Because of our conditions.
Our conversations usually end with failure,
Whether it’s irrelevant to the subject,
Or not listening to what we were told.
If only we spoke their language,
Our lives could be better.

Even though we autistics can’t communicate well,
And act in a strange way,
We are no different than any other human,
On this planet.
It’ll seem like we’re from another planet,
But we still are one-hundred percent human.
They think we are mentally ill,
But there’s something they don’t know about us.
Autism is not a disease,
It’s just a way of living.

If the humans created a cure for autistic behavior,
I will not take it,
Because autism is who I am.
If I were to change myself in any other way,
It wouldn’t be part of my character.
Even though I’m considered different to this society,
There are many people who are also considered different.

I am an “autistic,”
A person with certain disabilities,
And I’m proud of it.





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unknown said...
Jan. 11, 2010 at 7:14 am
What a joy to see how insightful this poem was...thank you for sharing your gift of knowledge!
 
nataliesmells said...
Dec. 18, 2009 at 10:41 pm
deep.......................................
 
bruce said...
Dec. 17, 2009 at 9:22 am
Very well done William. Your words painted a beautiful picture and you spoke from your heart. You nailed it Dawg!
 
thankful said...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm
Wow! That poem rocks! Great metaphors!
 
Zoe Fabulous said...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm
I really enjoyed reading your poem and it told me a lot about you that I would have never known otherwise. I hope I can read more of your works of art in the future.
 
Jacqui said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm
William I am so glad you wouldn't change a thing about you - you are truly a wonderful young man, and your words paint you in a beautiful light. Thank you for sharing your world with me!
 
Karen said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm
Wow! William you speak the truth so beautifully. I think this poem will help many people understand autism better. You should be very proud.
 
Jody Ross said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 8:09 pm
What a beautiful poem! It helped me better understand how people with autism feel. I loved the metaphors that compared autism to living on another planet, professing another religion, or speaking another langiage--but then came back to the reality that we are all different from one another in our own ways.
 
Belle said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm
Well said William, there is no need to 'fix' you; you're perfect just as you are.
 
SLPIL said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm
As a speech pathologist who works with children with autism, I can say that this poem brought tears to my eyes. It is beautifully written, insightful, and honest. I love everything about this poem. This poet is a gifted writer.
 
Marie replied...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 8:18 am
Thank you for sharing this poem. I am a speech-language pathologist and work with many students on the autism spectrum. I enjoyed hearing your perspective.
 
paradise-of-hell said...
Dec. 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm
I three friends with this supposed dissability, and ROCK ON!!! I think anyone can change grow, if you believe in yourself. youre an inspiration keep writing. :)
 
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