Love on the Spectrum

You look at me and I look at you
Neither understand what is at hand
I see envy in the grass, you see blue

“Break a leg” sends panic to your eyes
You complain, I explain, luck on stage
Your truth is cruel, you cannot lie

I’m at death’s door, you walk out, don’t care
At least that’s the way it seemed that day
You sat quiet for weeks, you were scared

Your brain is wired differently than mine
I’ve started to see, it’s not just me
I feel life for us is so unkind

Your talent in music is so great
You write the songs, then sing along
Shared the secret with me, Love you , Babe

Kisses, not like any fire I’ve known
I tell the truth, sparks that could melt boots
Explodes my heart like an inferno

Took a while to figure it all out
You are now a man, in a strange land
Trying to make sense of all that’s about

I started to leave but now I stay
Sometimes a fisted glove, mostly love
Keeps me standing by your side today

Paula Hardin
copyright 2021

About this poem

My 58 year old boyfriend (I’m a widow) is on the Autism Spectrum. He’s so sweet snd so musically talented snd can be so much fun. But, can say such hurtful things because he had no filter. He doesn’t have social skills like neuro typical people do but does quite well after a few beers. I’m sure others have wondered about their significant other having something that was a little off and could figure it out. This poem is for them.

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Written on September 19, 2021

Submitted by pollyscrab on September 19, 2021

Modified on April 19, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 961
Words 191
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3

Paula Hardin

I’ve written poems for therapy from early childhood. It helped me cope with the raising of my daughters through the teenage years, their marriages and their kids and through the death of my spouse. Now My new love is teaching me songwriting since I play piano and harmonica and love to write. more…

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  • Soulwriter
    So important. Thanks for sharing and raising awareness!
    LikeReply2 years ago


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