I will never understand… #oneshotwednesday #autism awareness

I will never understand

why people look and deride

a person

who is just like you and I


I will never understand

can’t you see

that individual

has feelings like you

like me

I will never understand

as the winds blow

why such intelligence

and thought

are looked at so low

I will never understand

beauty from above

rarely given

second thought

as a gift of love

This month is autism awareness month. A time to support those who carry an additional burden through life. If anything has been my life’s cause, it is to help others appreciate these children who have so much love to offer the world. My friend Alexi has bravely written an account about her younger brother – a survivor – a gem!!!


This is also One Stop Wednesday!!!

enjoy the wonderful poetry submitted by the community of poets in our midst.






http://www.flickr.com/photos/77682540@N00/2789338547 Ali Smile

Rhett Maxwell http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhettmaxwell/2443185091

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing with an E. African team that is developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

52 thoughts on “I will never understand… #oneshotwednesday #autism awareness

  1. I will never fully understand it either, but learning to embrace it as 1/2 of my family fall under the Autism Spectrum (Asbergers)Scale. Some days it’s overwhelming. Others a gift. Thank you for this!


  2. a nice awareness of autism..my nieces daughter is autistic and my niece has become a wonderful advocate, as a journalist and podcast interview she has done much for its awareness..thank you for sharing…bkm


  3. thank you moondustwriter,

    you’ve made this day shine with autism awareness and everyone we can reach with the knowledge needed to recognize and understand autism, asperger syndrome, and tourette syndrome, which often runs hand in hand with the autisic spectrum…my son is autistic and he is now 22 year old…i just want people to know how amazing he is…the accomplishments and abilities he beholds have surpassed all the restrictions placed on him…his goal is to educate people, helping them to realize he is ‘people’ too…i always tell him ‘prove them wrong’…as much pain and the many struggles he has endured he has taught me so much more than i have hoped to have taught him…i am so grateful to you for your posting about autism awareness…we all can use the magic of your moondust sprinkled over our lives…tears of hope…


  4. dear moondustwriter,

    i forgot to thank you for the beautiful poem..i am sending your words to my son…the photos of the bubbles in between the verses add the meaning and depth so needed to grasp an affliction that in its own way traps someone inside a bubble…simply floating away and yet so beautiful.


    1. thanks for bringing sense to the bubble – I knew I had to use the bubble for it’s complex message but you just unraveled the puzzle for me as well – hugs janice


  5. So good that you wrote about this, Leslie. These children are precious and often so gifted–I believe a gift for those who are touched by them as are persons with dementia with whom I was blessed to work for many years.


  6. I will never understand

    as the winds blow

    why such intelligence

    and thought

    are looked at so low

    Amazing Leslie, such passion, thank you for advocating for an overlooked and misunderstood people. Bravo friend. Hugs ~Apryl


  7. One of my best friend’s sons is autistic. He’s a beautiful boy. I can’t imagine anyone not seeing that beauty or choosing not to see it. Thank you for highlighting awareness, Leslie.


  8. Everyone has to have a dog to kick. It makes us feel so much better to know we are not like “them.” Really it is near time to chuck humanity, if it can be called that, off the planet.


  9. I love the delicacy of these beautiful, translucent images juxtaposed with your words “I will never understand.” Just finished watching the film “Temple Grandin” the other day. It was wonderful and eye-opening. So often we rush through our lives and fail to really see beneath the surface to the beauty and courage underneath…


  10. Perhaps they are here to teach us the gift of compassion, because sometimes our “normal” is difficult for them. Lovely, heartfelt, beautiful-bubble, thoughtful piece.


    1. I agree – I have learned so much from the children and adults I have the honor of calling friends. I wish I could be so gentle and so long suffering


  11. Leslie,

    I’ve been following your blog for a month now and really love your perspective. As the father of a special needs son with autistic traits I can relate so well to your encouraging words and advocacy demonstrated in this piece today.


  12. When I first read it, I hadn’t caught on to its relation to your cause. Your poem holds a lot of meaning and brings mindfulness.


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