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Poem: "Why Autistics Make Good Friends" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Why Autistics Make Good Friends"

This poem came out of the January 2012 Crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from meeksp and is posted here as the freebie for this event.  Some time ago, I watched a documentary about an autistic woman who works as a consultant for animal-handling facilities such as farms and slaughterhouses.  She uses her atypical thought processes to identify things that might bother the animals so those can be fixed.  I figured that if some autistics have perceptions similar to animals, that might relate really well to people with species dysphoria too.  (Details vary, so it doesn't apply to all autistics; but this seems to be an established possibility, as I've seen other examples since.)  So when meeksp asked for "why autistics make good friends," I put all that together...

Why Autistics Make Good Friends

They understand what it's like
to be all alone in a crowd.

They know that "normal" people
are strange, strange creatures.

When you get all peopled out during a party,
they will nod and leave with you instead of bitching.

When the sirens give you a headache,
they will give you some earplugs instead of an argument.

They will not look at you funny when you smell people,
as they have not internalized the mainstream social rules either.

They will not come into your territory
and wander around touching your stuff.

If you come into their territory,
they will not ask you to touch their stuff.

If you say the loose cord on the fan is driving you nuts,
they will tie it out of the way so it stops swinging.

They will not pester you when you need to be alone,
nor expect you to be there for all of their personal stuff.

They will never say you're weird just because
your soul is furry and your body is human.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 14th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that. It's always a challenge to make sure that unusual worldviews are portrayed both accurately and in a way that makes some sense to more common worldviews.
meeksp From: meeksp Date: January 14th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like this! The last line reminds me of All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome. =^.^=

Was the woman in the documentary Temple Grandin? That sounds like the kind of thing she does.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 17th, 2012 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)


I think that was probably her.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 15th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 15th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like this.
cflute From: cflute Date: January 15th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
All the things listed here are both consistent with my understanding of autism, and seem very sensible and comprehensible to me. Not sure what that says about my own socialization - possibly, nothing good.

Have you read either of the books by John Elder Robison? They are well-articulated accounts of life with Aspergers, and they're excellent.
natf From: natf Date: January 23rd, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOVE this. *hugs*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 24th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.
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