These are linked poems created week by week for a year, inspired by the book No Choice But To Follow, and the poets therein who did it first.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

June #2

Falling Headlong: Autism

the years of curious reading
for pleasure and titillation;
to thank the gods it's nothing
to do with me,
this withdrawing from the world,
this other place within a person
that translates into rocking and spinning,
alien shrieks in the night – 
they were comforting
because I was safe.

the one word spoken
by Someone Who Knew
confirmed my every secret fear
and we were tossed down
a specific measured rabbithole
to the desolate dune landscape
of broken grey quarries
and old entombed cities.
the one-way gate
to the greatest mystery.

— Helen Patrice

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