R.K. Sameer

Part, Not Whole

By R.K. Sameer

If you can find your voice
When apraxic silence confines you,
And spell your woes and joys
In a timeless tale told anew;

If you can find your stride
When wobbly legs won’t run,
And fly on the wings of pride
In a sky of thoughts undone;

If you can listen and understand
Even when your body won’t still,
And wave a magic wand
At the sea of sensory shrill;

If you can ignore those
Whose sour looks sting unkind,
And relate to the ones who chose
To focus on your mind;

If you know deep inside
Struggle is a stranger to none,
Lay roots, but do not hide,
Grow tall in your place under the sun;

If you remember you are you first
And autism is a part, not whole,
You will quench your thirst
For a fulfilled, joyous soul.

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R.K. Sameer is 14, autistic, and types to communicate. He enjoys reading, writing, and day dreaming in his garden. He hopes to educate others about autism. He resides in California.