A penny for my thoughts
In his latest Autistic Lincs column, autistic author Callum Brazzo writes in verse.
I stare at the page. Unaware of what to say and how to say it.
The point of this column remains evasive.
Therefore this poetical form is created.
Life is makeshift so how do you leave a legacy?
Whether it’s through
energy, the memories or the topics you touch on.
Break it down for one generation so the next foundations can be built up strong.
My mind will never be idle
I consider listening and acting on the community’s needs vital
Even if the barriers we face seem like they’re on a ‘wash, rinse, repeat’ cycle
Sometimes it feels like it’s just me but I can’t find all
The answers by myself, I require help from the minds of others
But it’s a journey to
empower everyone to fly the tribal colours
Of the marginalised, starting your lives oppressed from day one
Places to fulfil our potential? We have to make some
Give the tools to as many as possible
Rather than preaching to a choir
But that kind of public
energy does expire
So it’s about finding the best kind of position for individuals
But changing core ‘norms’ of a system is pivotal
Communication’s a spectrum and we should respect that
When we become distressed at the sounds of a scene
Or the quick change of a situation, that doesn’t mean
We enjoy how we feel, causing you an ordeal
It’s not a conscious choice
All we want’s a voice!
Alongside practical support schemes to last lifetimes
Not paper promises or inconsistent procedures and provisions in the pipeline
With societal blockages refusing to let true identities flow
The purpose, not mere profit, of our existence may never be known
Confined by a culture that favours cost over contribution
Many of us will sit on the fence and watch the movements
Of the blind, the ignorant among us that won’t change
Some perceptions will never be swayed, that’s okay
Because we can alter how we feel about our own brains
I hope this poem is one that exposed pain and invoked change.
At the very least, stokes flames for the camp fire we have yet to set alight to
A compassionate, creative, connected community and a world of acceptance with actions to match?
I’d like to find you.