Side by Side

Side by SideMommy tells me you have autism
I don’t understand the name
Mommy says you see things differently
But to me, you look the same…

Some days you say you need space
You tell me to leave you alone
Some days you’ll want to play with me
Those days are so much fun!

I watch you from across the room
I see you spinning around
You cover your ears; you begin to cry
Sometimes you fall to the ground

I don’t always know what’s going on
But I know how much I love you
We’ll be side by side forever
Friends together through and through

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This article was featured in Issue 103 – Supporting Emotional Needs

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is originally from the UK, but moved to the US in 2009. She is married with two children Max and Isla, and lives in Houston, Texas. In 2014, Max was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. Over the last 4 years, Rachel and her family has learned to live with and embrace everything that Autism brings. It is this journey that has inspired her to start writing poetry. She created a Facebook page called ‘Autism Through Poetry' with the hopes that her poems will help others know that they are not alone. She hopes to encourage acceptance and create a better understanding of life with autism; ultimately providing comfort to those who need it most. For additional information visit her Website : Facebook: