On The Spectrum

On The Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/on-the-spectrum-poem/

I rub his head in my lap, saying, “It’s okay
Dean. It’s okay.”
He shuts his ears with his palms.
A world of high pitch voices, humming of air
conditioning, and a song,
“Good morning. How are you?” trapped in his
I lull his head in my lap.
We rock back and forth, and repeat together
in harmony, “It’s okay Dean. It’s okay.”
The morning circle breaks. I pick up eight
name tags, ABAB pattern of circles and
squares, clouds and sun.

This article was featured in Issue 72 – Sensory Solutions For Life

Jerrice Baptiste

    Jerrice Baptiste

    Jerrice Baptiste is a poet, author, and educator who has been published in The Crucible; So Spoke The Earth: Anthology of Women Writers of Haitian Descent, Inc; African Voices Magazine, Chronogram; Shambhala Times; Hudson Valley Riverine Anthology; Events Quarterly; Human Journey Magazine. Her poetry in Haitian Creole and collaborative songwriting is featured on the Grammy Award-winning album: Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti, released by Spare the Rock Records LLC. Jerrice is the author of eight books. She resides in the Hudson Valley, NY.