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Autistic Portrait

Sometimes, it seems
A trick of the light
A gleam in your eyes
The rush of wind on naked skin

Another human being’s pain
A brightly coloured plastic toy
Half-understood
The smile
Which says

I care. I make contact
Eyes, windows to the
Soul, or something

I read them. I see fear
Or excitement, or laughter
Perhaps
Pain

Screaming. Screaming
Sometimes

Blackberries. Strawberries
A spider, still alive
A wasp – dead. The arch
Through the air of
Falling liquid, food, scattered
Plates that break with a crash

Surprise!

Eyes wide, windows on
A stranger’s mind
Fear, perhaps

What do you see?
Skin. Blood
Something primal

Screaming. Screaming
Sometimes

Pressing grapes into my hand
Bidding me eat

(Don’t speak metaphor
It trips the tongue
Clouds the mind)

Sensation of falling
Again and again and again

Open and close of myriad doors

And eyes
Windows
Or something

Date: 2010-12-08 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flannelcat.livejournal.com
I read them. I see fear
Or excitement, or laughter
Perhaps


I do not /know/ whether you have captured how it is - this is the point, i think. But I feel as though you have captured how I think it is, in this section, right here. That, and :

The arch
Through the air of
Falling liquid, food, scattered


Which is, totally, just about making pretty patterns in space, sometimes.

I've been meaning to write something about work for a couple of days; and holding off, because I'm uncomfortable writing about work; and it would be a snapshot - perhaps I'll look at filters and see what I can come up with.

Thank you.

Date: 2010-12-08 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherusedpage.livejournal.com
I'm uncomfortable writing about work too - this is about a particular young person that I've not worked with now in about four years, and it's the first time I've put it somewhere where other people can read it.

But I'm equally scared of my discomfort being about me, and making something scary and silent and 'too PC', because I'm scared of saying the wrong thing rather than because I'm actually trying to protect vulnerable people.

Date: 2010-12-08 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxfordgirl.livejournal.com
This makes me uncomfortable, but I think that's a good thing.

If that makes sense.

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