On the Spectrum


one awaying stoneheld distant
one paced intention raging

one hiding uneasy careful
one scab-traced profile screaming

one stepping hidden brave
one sightless joyful smiling

one listing dark becalmed
one bespoken spell broke maging

one veiling spirit woven
one reservoir deep holding

one keening foresaken foolish
one rifting voice transposing

one hopeful losting bright
one unknowing cloud shine holding

that which I am and the way that I am
with all my gifts of nature and grace
you have given me…
from The Book of Privy Counseling, author unknown


Margie Gaffron is a poet and retired baker, currently working in the public schools as a substitute Personal Care Aide with a variety of children who are on the spectrum. From 1989 through 2000 she homeschooled her autistic son, now a college graduate.

This article was featured in Issue 38 – Keeping ASD Kids Healthy

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