ELJ Write Now: 30/30 Project

seems uninterested in
what others have to say
in a conversation

seems almost obsessed
with a particular topic – cannot
interpret other’s intentions

extreme reactions to
minor upsets – cannot read emotions
of people’s faces

pursues advanced knowledge
about his interest – little interest
in other topics

difficulty being flexible –
upset by changes in routine –
lacks imaginative play

interprets things literally –
talks in overly precise manner –
uses advanced vocabulary

peculiar voice characteristics –
poor coordination – overly reactive to
sounds, lights, fabrics

have a variety
of symptoms that prevent them
from making friendships

through friendships, we
experience feelings of being liked,
valued, admired, trusted

as children grow,
friendships naturally become deeper, more
meaningful, more important

however, he has
not gained the social skills
to make bonds

excellent in thinking
about things but poor in
thinking about people

not purposely uncaring-
simply cannot walk in another
person’s emotional shoes

have trouble with
eye contact, the give and
take of conversations

while this type
of behavior is insensitive, the
intention is not

they do not
see, hear, feel emotions like
most people do

think of them
as emotionally blind, not seeing
emotions in others

/ / /

This is my take on the ELJ Write Now 30/30 Project at Facebook. I was thinking of using a source text that would allow me to write about Asperger’s Syndrome. I have chosen The Asperger’s Answer Book by Susan Ashley, Ph.D. as my source text. Then, the first prompt at NaPoWriMo was to write a lune. So, I have combined those ideas/prompts. I will be writing a lune each day in April, adding it to this post, because I foresee these short poems combining as one poem. I am planning on using the Jack Collom lune, which is a three-line poem of 3/5/3 words.

NaPoWriMo – Day One

this is no
poetry refinery – this is just
finding some poems

purse your lips
if you will – kiss them
I shall not

reel to reel –
in this digital world today
kids don’t know

there is something
pure in composing – finding words
that sing together

this is no
dribble from a leaky faucet –
collecting in sink

this is a
dribble down the soccer field –
towards the goal

/ / /

These lune poems were inspired by the seven words prompt at Miz Quickly’s. My words were: refinery, purse, reel, pure, and dribble. And, yes, the last two are supposed to go together.

Wordle 100

for this month only
change your name
to reflect your share

how can one master
love? it moves
and changes so much

master of my fate
I drop the
die on the table

share what you master
train our ears
for all the faint words

parallel, the train
runs by my
street and calls to me

memory places
are faint calls
compared to the now

she places her love
in my hands
and I want to faint

March comes to an end
and words call:
month for poetry

on this quiet street
the tumult
of people marching

it is not a stretch
to create
it is a calling

I will die someday
but bits of
me live on in words

/ / /

These lune were written in response to Wordle 100 at The Sunday Whirl.