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A Day In School, Thru Autistic Eyes

alarm goes off*
I sit straight up startled and scared
Just my alarm, I hit the button
Get up and go to the bathroom
I brush my teeth with my toothbrush
Scratchy, painful bristles
Toothpaste that makes me sick
With the strong mint flavor
Back to my room going thru clothes
Too scratchy, too tight, too bright
They all hurt in some way
I grab my favorite dark red, smooth and loose
Then some shorts, jeans hurt too much
Mom calls me for breakfast so I go down
Eggs and bacon with a piece of bread
I grab the bacon least crunchy possible
The eggs are fluffy and not runny
The bread I spread a little grape jelly
After I eat it’s grab my bag and off to the bus
Here comes the bus, eye searing yellow
Lights flashing, engine roaring
doors opening with a hiss
it's empty for now, but that will change
soon it is full, screaming and yelling,
jumping, running, throwing, and banging windows
i hold my ears and close my eyes
it's too much, it's too much
i repeat my silent mantra over and over
Until we finally get to the school
i jump up and rush forward first one off
behind me they start pushing and shoving
more yelling and backpacks swinging
i get inside and go straight to the cafeteria
sit at my class table and wait
the lights above are buzzing and bright
kids are talking, loud and fast
yet i sit alone in a crowd
no friends around me even in my class
i'm too weird they say, i'm strange
i flap my hands and rock in place
make weird noises, and like odd things
again i sit hands over my ears
eyes closed tight wishing it all to end
suddenly a teacher appears at my side
she grabs my arm and pulls me aside
"what's wrong with you?" she asks
"it's too loud" i reply "it's too bright"
she looks down at me and sneers
"why cant you be like johnny over there"
she points across the room
"he laughs and talks and the noise doesn't bother him"
she takes me back and sits me down
And then just walks away
finally my teacher comes
we get up and file off, orderly and straight
down the hall to our classroom
there we go to our desks
hang our backpacks on our chairs
screeching chairs, banging desks, rustling clothes
buzzing lights, voices, bright colors
smells of soap, people, chalk, and paper
teachers says we start with science
again screeching, banging, zippers opening
books slamming against desks
pages turning, chalk clicking
it is so loud
teacher starts the lesson
yet i am unable to focus
all i hear is buzzzzz, rustle, rustle
squeak, screech, groan, sigh
lights, clothes, shoes, chairs, kids
it is all i can hear
suddenly my name rings out
The teachers asks me what she just said
And I sit unable to answer
Breath starts coming faster
Walls feel like they are closing in
Everyone is looking at me
And I just want to disappear
Finally she calls on another kid and he answers
Back to me she says
"Now why can't you focus like Billy here"
Time goes by and suddenly
A bomb goes off, in my head
Sound everywhere ears and head in pain
Lights are flashing behind my eyes
It is the bell going off for lunch
In the cafeteria again
The 2nd worst place in school
Kids jostling and pushing thru the line
Registers clanging, lots of kids talking
Yelling, screaming, and throwing things
Finally this torture ends and back to class
At the door the teacher pulls me from the line
"Look at me" she insists
I bring my eyes to her stomach
"In my eyes, why is that so hard"
I look up into her eyes
It feels like I am being swallowed whole
Breath starts racing again and coming hard
Feels like a fire is lit behind my eyes
I quickly look away again
She starts in about concentrating in class
And acting more like the other kids
"If you would just be more like
Cindy and look at people
You could actually make some friends"
As if I haven't tried
She doesn't understand, no one does
I'm alone, a freak, a weirdo they say
Who would want me
The rest of the day passes, in a blur
As I withdraw from all the world
Finally the day draws to an end
Off to the bus we head
A long ride home loud and raucous
I sit holding it all in
Almost there can't let it slip now
Finally I see it, my stop up ahead
My mom is standing waiting for me
I get off but I can't say anything
She looks worried
I know she can tell
We walk home in silence
We get to the door
I go to my room
And. It. All. Explodes
Screaming, yelling, throwing things
Tearing at myself tooth and nail
Can't stop it, though it hurts
But yet not as much as when kept in
Suddenly I feel them
Her arms wrapped around me
Holding me, stopping me from hurting myself more
As I sit, everything pours out
All the things that happened today
As I am safe in my mothers arms
As I finish and I start to calm
She looks at me and says
"I have no son named Johnny or Billy.
Nor a daughter named Cindy. I have an amazing son
named Andrew, and he is a person all his own. Don't be
them, just be you."
She holds me tight as I fully calm
She tells me she loves just the way I am
Yet I hear the hitch in her voice
I know she loves me but something isn't right
As I look down at her arms
I see the marks imprinted there
I know I caused them and I hurt more
I hate myself and I hate this
I don't understand
Why can't I be like everyone else
I can't keep going like this
I pull away and tell her I'm sorry
I go to my bed and pull the cover over my head
She tells me it's alright
She knows I don't mean to
But I say nothing and she leaves
As I lay there exhausted and tired
I feel myself drifting as sleep creeps up
I wish tomorrow would never come
Then I hope that if it does
I have the strength to do better
And make mommy proud of me
As I fall asleep, and darkness envelops me.

Copyright © Andrew Ellis | Year Posted 2018



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A Parent's Love

My love for him is so great,
my heart melts for him 'til the dusk of day.
The night gives when he's asleep,
Dreaming, 'til day's break.

His beauty is great,
Wandering mind with all he sees,
Loving is all I do,
While waiting for the moment, for Him to say "I love you."

Copyright © Andrew Ellis | Year Posted 2018

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Actually Autism is

Actually Autism is

Non-verbal, partially verbal, or completely verbal
touch can be painful, or compulsory
feeling trapped and scared, needing to escape
scared and lonely, gotta go hide and reshape
easily excited and gotta show it
sharing with everyone we see fit
autism is experienced different for everyone

Can't wear a coat, or needs one all the time
limited diet, sensitive taste, texture, or smell
constant echolalia helps cope with the world around
constant movement to keep centered to the ground
lining up objects, so pleasing to the eye
things staying the same, keeps the mind from going awry
autism is experienced different for everyone

May have learning difficulties, but all have gifts
could have interests in numbers, trains, animals, or lists
could love to spin in circles around and round
or sitting still upon the ground
could be loving and acting a clown
yet the next minute, experience a meltdown
autism is experienced different for everyone

can struggle to make friends, life can be so hard
socializing can be difficult, others leave us scarred
enjoy doing odd or different things
could react violently to the difficulties life brings
loud noises can be painful
the world makes us feel so shameful
autism is experienced different for everyone

can take longer to process questions and requests
yet give us the time and we can impress
take a look in our world, where we are so bold
If you take a moment to behold
You can see the amazing miracles we can be
give us a helping hand, and you will agree
autism is experienced different for everyone

Autism can be amazing
The Innocence Astounding
All are Unique
Each with their own mystique
Everyone has a place
So just help us keep apace
Because Actually Autism is Sublimity

Copyright © Andrew Ellis | Year Posted 2019

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Autism's Innocence

Once I sat, engaged and adorning
All my soul, within me humbling
My beauty, I could not awaken
What could there be, more purely forsaken

Eagerly I looked for the greatness
Eagerly I looked for perfection
Instead I uncover the sublimity
There I see the optimity

Your pure soul shining forth
Suddenly I know your worth
In the flaws, thru the pain
Yet not once do you complain

Always forward, ever striving
Nothing will stop you from thriving
Much I marveled at your pure soul
As the world took it's toll

Your smile would slip and disappear
You would become more austere
As the world around you changes
Like a thunderstorm, it rages

Yet your Innocence remains
As if it is all prearranged

Copyright © Andrew Ellis | Year Posted 2018

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Art of Autism

I am a runner 
I wonder what it will feel like to run in the wind 
I hear the sound of the wind blowing thru the grass 
I see a tree with leaves fluttering 
I want a world growing in beauty

I imagine a world vivid and bright 
I feel loved and included 
I touch the bark rough and textured 
I worry the world will not understand 
I cry for the ones left in the wind 

I understand not everyone sees the beauty 
I say that when we are all included the world will truly spin 
I dream about a day when none will be judged 
I try to help bring that world closer 
I hope my dreams come true 

I am Andrew and I am autistic

Copyright © Andrew Ellis | Year Posted 2019