Sunday, December 19, 2010

A beautiful poem by Gail Hennessy

To an Autistic Child


Gail Hennessy

Little butterfly
enclosed in the cocoon
of your own shadowed world.

How can I reach you little shadow?

Locked in a silent nightmare
you scream my name.
Your one word—my name
not ever with joy
but always in searching.

Scarred knees from too many falls
stumbling steps behind your quicksilver brothers.

Dance little shadow
smile to the colours of the music
grasp the bright notes.

Please little shadow
turn around to face the light.

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