Friday, January 15, 2010

Same topic, different medium

I'm going to try something a different here, and I've got to admit I'm a little nervous. Sometimes I feel poetry does a better job catching the essence of what I want to convey. Yesterday's post was a bit of a lecture. Today's post is a poem that I wrote a few months ago. It addresses the same topic - abstract value, soul. Bonus points if you can identify where the picture (taken in August 2009) is from.

Urban Stream Sonnet II

Compelled to play, boy’s splash reviving, grab
Stream, foul green water turbid, half extinct
Pushed flow paints rocks, shows luster ‘neath dust’s drab
Not pure, but home - tenacious lives are linked

Disdainful tourists walk the path and sneer
Cup floating down, bags hang, high water’s line
Park shelters now the guileless child sincere
Accepting wanderers that don’t malign

We’re all alone, his proof makes others wince
Sparse struggling words and mingling left behind
As current tossed, was broken, now smooth rinsed
Soliloquies, more echoes, peace entwined

Though trash and isolation take their tolls
Both boy and stream survive with intact souls


  1. Hello,
    I read your blog and have great respect for your insights.Therefore, could you please tell me if you saw the movie Adam and what you think of it.

  2. Although I remember some talk about Adam when it came out I haven't seen the movie. Some reasons:
    1. Movies are few and far between for my husband & I and tend to be escapes. Something about autism isn't an escape.
    2. I can't think of any movie about autism that have felt enlightening since I've gained a better appreciation of autism through my son.
    3. Autism and Aspergers seem so far apart to me at this point. Our struggles are all about language and there is so much language in Aspergers. It's hard not to feel a tinge of envy, and that's a bad thing.

    So what's your take on it? Should I add it to the Netflix queue?

  3. Thanks for your response. My sense is that most movies that deal with tough issues tend to pretty up the situation and have an unrealistic ending. Not always,but usually. I am not an expert but I think Adam has Asperger's and in some ways functions well. Nevertheless, there were enough moments when I felt uncomfortable that I think some honesty was incorporated. In many ways, I enjoyed the movie but I am not living your life each day. I wondered if you thought it would help others understand some of the dynamics of autism or Aperger's?

    I was a third grade teacher in BCPSS for may years.Now I have another position but as a teacher I referred three students to SST/CST who had never been referred for anything and who were finally diagnosed with autism. I have always wondered how that was possible?

    I think I would suggest renting the movie but you may already have seen enough. I certainly do not want to waste you precious free time. Again, thanks for your response and know that I gain a great deal from reading your blog and InsideEd.

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