Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Faces in a Mosaic Mirror"

This is the freebie for the April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "bully" square in my 4-1-19 card for the School Days fest.


"Faces in a Mosaic Mirror"


Autism is like looking at
faces in a mosaic mirror --
not broken, but made
that way on purpose --
each fragment reflecting
something different and
always shifting its view.

Theory of mind means that
forming a distinct identity
is like drawing by looking in
a mirror and not at the paper.

Each piece is true but incomplete,
and they don't fit together smoothly.

It is difficult to answer "I" questions
when your mind's eye refracts
endlessly into tiny images,
each a little different.

"What do you want
to be when you grow up?"
is torture when you don't know
who you are now and what that is
never seems to be acceptable
to the people bullying you
about what you want to be.

Will they like that any better
than who you are already?

Quite possibly not.

Define an identity crisis
when you need others
to define your identity.

Yet time does its thing
and even a mosaic mirror
shows the whole in parts,
a fleeting glimpse of
a holographic universe.

Someday you will discover
what you want to do with
whatever life you have left,

and then you'll be ready to step
through the looking glass.
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