We received the following e-mail and poem from an individual who asked to remain anonymous: I’ve been following your posts via Facebook and truly appreciate your efforts for people associated with autism. I, myself, had/have a similar condition. I have social anxiety and selective mutism. The symptoms I had when I was young were similar to those of autism. Please let me share a poem I had written. I’m now a 30 year old, who has been struggling to lead a normal life.
It all started in 84′,
The life of a student who’s slow..
Going to school with bro and sis,
They were great caregivers of his..
Never spoke in the class,
No wonder he was a true outcast..
A student’s life for him was never there,
Playing time was also nowhere..
Loneliness was all to know,
There should have been something more..
Primary, Secondary all the same,
Sitting still as if in shame..
Wanted to make friends and get a life,
Sadly nothing much was left to rejoice..
Felt sorry for kind classmates,
The pain was really hard to take..
Didn’t respond even when asked,
One can imagine it was so tough..
Started to utter before the school’s end,
Begin to get a life only then..
Some improvements in recent years,
Even then he can’t forget the tears..
Many things still of which he is afraid,
Despite him having turned twenty eight..
Always desperate to improve and make a start,
But the wound is there in his heart.
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