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The Poetry of an Autism Sibling

Posted Dec 13 2009 12:00am

Swing in snow
By Rachel LaViola

Casually spread
over striped sheets and throw pillows
purple, blue, red
I lie on my bed
phone by my head
chatting away with an old friend
one of those routine correspondences–
monthly
ok, bi-monthly
ok, I should call her more often.
–nothing too circumstantial
simple and pleasant,
but insubstantial

How’s life?
How’s school?
Got a boyfriend?
Remember when?

Years of shared experiences
Compressed like books between bookends
Cuz time doesn’t just “pass”
No,
Time definitely stacks
Condensing years into angular spaces
As others accumulate in adjacent places.

Say hi to the family!
Oh by the way,
heard about your brother…
I’ve got a cousin twice removed…
same deal…
I get it.

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