Category Archives: poetry

Stop… and Rail Against Stigma!

“Stop,” a poem about the damage of negative stigma for Autistic people and those who love and support them, was originally published here, and was written in memory of Alex Spourdalakis… and far too many others… I am ready for … Continue reading

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Ode to a Book: A Poem by H

On Sunday I helped H complete his poetry project for school. He wrote this fabulous poem and gave permission to share it here.  We did a few cool photos to go with it as well. Ode to a Book Mysteries … Continue reading

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Fabulous Fringes: A Poem

_________________________________________________________ 30 Days of Autism is a project designed to promote social understanding and offer a glimpse into the perspectives of those whose lives are touched by Autism. © Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism (2014) This post is participating … Continue reading

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Ode to the Stim: the printable sequel

I have received a number of requests for printable copies of this poem. Here it is – as a jpeg – which should be easy to print if you so choose. Again, I could write more about this… but I … Continue reading

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Poems for the Autistic Child… Looking for Submissions

Today I have the amazing honour of sharing a bit of my poetry on Poems for the Autistic Child over at Raising Rebel Souls. If you haven’t yet checked out Heather Clark’s amazing blog… I encourage you to have a … Continue reading

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Ode to the Stim

H stims… I stim too… bounce and wiggle twist a lock hold tight to that ‘calming rock’ fiddle and fold squint and spin squeeze and then begin again shoes too big so toes can move wiggly legs that find their … Continue reading

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Stop

Stop   These words of tragedy Emblazoned on notepads and billboards This epidemic of dehumanization This narrowed definition of being Twisted finer and thinner So that it lacks any sensitivity So that the words themselves are A garrote Cutting into … Continue reading

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Code: A Woman with Aspergers, Empathy, and Poetic Response

Dear H: for those of us to whom words sometimes do not easily run, saunter, or even amble: we speak in code. We think in code. We construct our languages painstakingly like little Tolkiens, separated by time, distance, and space: … Continue reading

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Welcoming Your Dissent: A Poem

I am striving to listen to respond to the message I need to be welcoming to your dissent There has to be room for dissent… or the ‘yes’ is meaningless Honouring you your self-determination is not about what is easier … Continue reading

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