Poem: I see you – Autism Awareness Day – 03/04/22

This poem was for a prompt for World Autism Awareness Day. This is dedicated to my fellow Melbourne creative friend Braeden Kennedy who can be found on Instagram @bak_doodlin_away and @bak_animations .

Title: I See You
by Lauren M. Hancock

I saw You and understood your spirit
before I knew of your ‘Able’ and ‘Label’
in fact, I’d never even perceived
your name with a condition,
it honestly didn’t occur to me.

But in a moment’s frustration,
you suddenly announced it, the link,
revelation upon the table,
your interwoven thread,
your diagnosis,
to share with me, perhaps you felt
quite comfortable.

Admittedly, prior, I knew
only a little about you,
but bouncing conversation enabled trust,
and this condition is an important part of you,
inside you carry it, and outwardly
with fierce pride,
your thoughts, your soul are
dedicated to speaking up for those
especially who may suffer with it inside…

I viewed your extra dimensions,
certain colours and shade flashes,
a unique being outside and within,

talented, multifaceted,
a perfect blue quartz aura
heralding messages,
as though a radiant gem,
glistening by the ocean,
settled beside fanned leaves
enriched with plump morning dew,
so pristine and alive,
what a wondrous scene to view.

And here you use the synergies
of the Universe
to make uniquely inspired art,
calling to higher beings and
a sweet angel from afar,
blessings bequeathed, expanded upon,
creativity truly glows from within your soul,
knowing who and why you are,
and why your talents must shine to all,
surreal, bright, spectacular, enthral me,
inspirations known,
a bright shining star.

My friend, I do not see
any need to mourn the label,
in fact, let us rejoice in
the true magnificence of You –
keep creating, keep shining,
your path is inspired,
so meant to be,
this we all already knew.

Continue relishing and embracing life’s abilities,
express and project,
from me to you, you and your talents,
I do highly respect.

@laurenm.hancock on Instagram
© 2022 Lauren M. Hancock Poetry and Prose. All rights reserved.
Image from Pixabay

3 Comments

  1. I believe that not only should all school teachers have received autism spectrum disorder training, but that there should further be an inclusion in standard high school curriculum of a child development course which in part would also teach students about the often-debilitating condition.

    It would explain to students how, among other aspects of the condition, people with ASD (including those with higher functioning autism) are often deemed willfully ‘difficult’ and socially incongruent, when in fact such behavior is really not a choice. And how “camouflaging” (or “masking”?), a term used to describe ASD people pretending to naturally fit in, causes their already high anxiety and depression levels to further increase.

    While some other school curriculum is controversial (e.g. SOGI, especially in rural residential settings), it nonetheless got/gets implemented. The same attitude and policy should be applied to teaching high school students about ASD, the developing mind and, especially, how to enable a child’s mind to develop properly.

    It seems logical to me that if people have their ASD, ACEs, etcetera, diagnosed when very young, they should be better able to deal with their condition(s) through life. I have a condition I consider to be a perfect storm of ‘train wrecks’ — with which I greatly struggle(d) while unaware (until I was a half-century old) its component dysfunctions had official titles.

    I still cannot afford to have a formal diagnosis made on my condition, due to having to pay for a specialized shrink, in our (Canada’s) “universal” health-care system. Within our “universal” health-care system, there are important health treatments that are unaffordable thus universally inaccessible, except for those with generous health-insurance coverage and/or a lot of extra doe.

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    1. Hi there, thanks for your comment. I thank you for taking the time to write this detailed comment and I feel for your current position in not being able to afford a formal diagnosis on your condition due to restrictions around the medical system in your area.

      I agree with you, that all teachers should receive autism spectrum training, and there should be inclusive curriculum which allows students to understand how autism can affect those with the condition. It would be amazing to bring to light the fact that some ‘difficult’ behaviours as they aren’t actually due to a student being difficult but due, in part or whole, to their autism. It would be amazing, yes, to have visibility of the condition so those with autism don’t have to hide to fit in.

      The right or correct school curriculum should be developed, yes, and put in place as framework to enable students to not only understand what autism is, but also how it affects those with it, thus allowing students to have a better understanding of how their peers with ASD might be forced to cope in current times, and how this is enabling them to develop mentally, and how, with understanding, that students can develop their mind in a fuller manner, without restrictions, because there will have been more understanding through new curriculum.

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