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I wrote this poem when my Asperger's-afflicted granddaughter was six.

Some say you're not quite whole, But I know better, Angel Child. You live in a place all your own, Free, unhinged, sometimes wild. In precious moments you let me in And I am stunned by what I see. Purple trees and butterfly bees And things I thought couldn't be. You tell me of other wonders In a voice so sweet I nearly weep— Of Daisy Lou, a lizard that's blue, And of mice that sing you to sleep. Then abruptly your voice changes And your look seems far away. I have become a stranger to you; You have said all you want to say. I understand the pattern too well; You have gone where I can't go. You dwell there often, Angel Child, It's where you're wholly whole.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 7/7/2015 8:26:00 AM
of great intelligence. I know a little boy since birth with a mild case. he is brilliant today at age eight but still odd to the rest of the world but so precious.
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Paul Schneiter
Date: 7/7/2015 9:25:00 PM
Interesting, isn't it, that odd people can be precious? That fact makes one wonder why society places a premium on conformity and assigns scorn to those who are "different"? I appreciate your insightful comment, catherine.
Date: 3/10/2015 7:24:00 AM
This beautiful poem made me cry Paul. You write with your heart and it makes your talent outstanding. I love this and am fav'ing it! 7
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Date: 3/10/2015 9:28:00 AM
Connie, your sweet and kind comment almost made ME cry. Thank you for its touching warmth and sincerity. I could not be more grateful.
Date: 10/28/2014 10:11:00 AM
paul dear pal this for me a very powerful piece of writing bless you
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Date: 7/7/2015 9:19:00 PM
Forgive me, liam, for this very late response. Thank you for your kind and gracious comment, which--because you are its source--I treasure and hold dear.
Date: 10/21/2014 5:51:00 PM
I have a special friend's son with asperger,the more I know him the more I can see why He choses to go in that world..Must be a beautiful one ..much more beautiful than mine where only the purest of souls and most honest hearts can linger..This poem misted my eyes..Going to my favourites.
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Date: 10/21/2014 11:27:00 PM
Thank you, Charmaine. It's both kind and thoughtful of you to take time to comment on my poem. I value and appreciate your encouraging words. I commented on one of your poems, but last I looked it didn't register. I'll try again. God Bless.
Date: 10/21/2014 5:24:00 PM
Oh Paul what an incredible insight into the world of a child affected with Asperger's Syndrome! For the past 14 years I have been working with high school students with this condition ... I learn more and more every day about living in 'their world' - its a favourite and a 7 for me:-) hugs Jan xxx
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Date: 10/22/2014 2:50:00 AM
About 7 yr ago I went on a course on 'social stories' for students with Aspergers. I was the only member of staff to embrace the course and write the stories - maybe that's where my poetry journey began - who knows! hugs Jan xx
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Date: 10/21/2014 11:34:00 PM
It doesn't surprise me, Jan, that you have devoted at least part of your professional life to help youth who have mental issues. I say that because there is a softness and tenderness in much of your eloquent poetry. Thank you, thank you for your sweet comment.