Ken Davies – an LtF Board member – reflects in this lovely sonnet on autism, parenthood and the power of love.
Child, how I pondered on your gaze of stone,
your mute rejection of my rash embrace,
the iron will with which you stayed alone,
the puzzlement that froze your angel face.
Your loveless ordering and dumb control
willed me to dredge that hidden quality
from deep dark fathoms unknown to my soul
that piece by piece would build the better me.
And then one day you graced me with your smile
and warmly sought the comfort of my hand
as if to bid me stay and share awhile
your secret fears about the future and
how we two could take on all that life sends
if we walked on together as good friends.