For My Son Sammy…

For My Son Sammy... https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/for-my-son-sammy

At the age of four, my now nine-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. When he was being evaluated for weeks at a time at UCLA, my sense of loss and longing led me to write this poem.

The flowers have wilted since you’ve been gone

And the butterflies have stayed away,

The cat keeps asking when you will be back and the skies seem a little more gray.

I keep the door to your bedroom closed

And I wander aimlessly down the hall,

I want to fix you God only knows

But my back is against the wall.

I look at photographs from your childhood past

And I wonder what happened to make you this way,

I hold onto the memories that will ever last

And my love for you that will forever stay.

I have to stay strong for you and me both and wipe away my tears,

I have to move on through all the strife, discouragement, and fears.

But the flowers have wilted since you’ve been gone

And the butterflies have stayed away,

So I hope for you to return home soon

Happy and here to stay.

Sarah Mercadante is a single mother living in Louisiana and California working as an EMS and artist.

This article was featured in Issue 69 – The Gift of Calm This Season

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