ERIK ESTABROOK - AUTISM AWARENESS AND COMPASSION
ERIK ESTABROOK, "http://www.erikestabrook.com/" Host of a Positively Autistic Blog Radio Show, and also a poet, writes about people who mimic, or otherwise poke fun, at autistic people. According to Erik “this poem is a response to all those who say they have autism to make fun of us and show their "acting" skills.”
“I don't think it’s funny, it’s childish, you are obvious to us. I have a formal diagnosis of Autism by a doctor specialist and not by some quack. I didn't dream up my Autism, it’s something I cope with; only a fool would give themselves a condition to show off, so please stop the hateful acting."
WHO ARE YOU KIDDING?
I know that the crow always wishes to be the eagle,
I know that everyone has their own faults,
I know that doves can coo all season,
But tell me why can't we be who we are,
I know that these limits happened for a reason,
And I know that these gifts were well-placed to make it even,
But just why do you feel that you have to fake being me.
"What a fool"
Yes how sad you are, that you'd act so wretchedly
Getting joy making fun of a real struggle be it girl or boy.
Wretched enough to believe fun can be made of anyone with this condition.
Like, maybe we wished it upon ourselves,
I hope you wallow neck deep in your own mind filth,
I hope you swallow your tongue and your frame of mind shifts
Because we can't be like you and you can't be like us.
Quit belittling us and trying to force our opinions.
Lastly, not every Asperger person has been so diagnosed.
Its something that comes and sometimes worlds explode,
But I am the eagle and you are the crow, that is how it exists,
In this temporary labyrinth,
When small minds don't accept things,
They will never reach the point of coming into their own
that comes with acceptance and proves "I exist"
Copyright © 2012 Erik Estabrook
You can read more of Erik's poetry on "poetrywithpassion.com"