© 2005 Sondra Williams
I heard them talking about me, saying I am not like others
I can dance and sing and play, I feel, and cry tears too.
I am more like you, than you think
I heard them say that my silence reflects no emotion, no connections.
I cry many unseen tears, I laugh at life's blunders, although not in ways foreseen.
I connect like you, more than you think.
They say I am intellectually impaired and will never learn to reach my potential
I know about words and explore the world in ways others rarely know.
I am smarter, than you think.
The doctor says I will not be able to show affection or relate to my own family
I gave them a smile from across the room, they didn't even notice.
I do know and feel love, more than you may think.
Some say my anger and the rages are animalistic.
I tried to communicate my fear the only way I know how, but no one was listening.
I get angry like you, for reasons like you, more than you think
The doctors say there is no hope I am void of understanding
I have dreams and think on them often, but due to my silence I can't share them.
Yes, I have dreams and goals, just like others, more than you think
Strangers say I am out of control and not human.
I have a body, mind and soul, just somewhat challenged.
I am human more than you think.
I heard them talking, saying oh, she has autism, a disability of no hope
If they only knew what is trapped inside me, I think.
They would say she's more like me, than what I used to think.
What a beautiful example of “social incites”—beautiful perspectives that hopefully incite us to respond to others with more empathy, respect, and hope!