Autism Awareness and May Flowers by Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean

Autism “Awareness” and May Flowers

This is my THANK YOU to all who lived through yet another April with Autism Awareness, the bewareness and woes.

It’s May now.

My garden is blooming because you were there with me.

 May Flowers

It is said that April showers

Bring May flowers

What does April ableist rain

Bring to my life’s garden?


I see weeds of compliance,

I see rocks of hate

Thrown through the glass of my greenhouse


Scattered shards cutting,

Hurting the leaves struggling to breathe


The ground covered with trash

Left behind by the Vandals For Normalization


But that’s not all April left behind


Despite the mocking days and dismissive weeks

May flowers still color my garden.


Strengthened by humor, satire and art

Of my friends and their own colorful gardens

Words turn into music, they ease my pain.


Even in silence my friends learn

How to exhale

They, too, survive


Supported by friends who don’t own a garden

But who learn the peculiarities of mine

Observing its colors

Listening to its sounds

Valuing its existence


Nurtured by other gardens owners

Gardens who have different colors

They bring water and nutrients

They share the knowledge of gardening

They stay and protect my flowers

When my resolve seems weakened


My garden has flowers


And I hear the messaging birds

Singing to me that all around

Despite April, despite the pain

Young gardens are blooming

With beauty and pride


Copyright 2016 by Amy Sequenzia





About the Author:

Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights. She also writes poetry. Amy has presented in several conferences in the US and abroad, and her work is featured in books about being Autistic and Disabled. Amy is deeply involved with the Neurodiversity Movement and has been outspoken about the rights and worthy of disabled people. Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.

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