Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Picture

I see a new picture.

It appears as a little boy

with a big-boy bed,

real boy underwear on long legs.


He is coming out of a lost place

this independent boy,


fully emerging.


I finally see

the years melt away

into a boy

I get to meet each morning,

again and again.


I made it past darkness,

and I know it can work.


I believed through faith,

and watched the healing unfold.


Weeks, minutes,

it all adds up.

Scheduled time reveals

and shares its growth.


Children emerge,

boys become boys.


Jennie Linthorst is a therapeutic writing coach and the founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy. She works privately with men and women helping them tell their stories and heal, through reading and writing poetry and personal essays. Jennie coaches clients all across the country and around the world via phone, Skype, e-mail, in addition to in person meetings. She is the author of a book of poems, Autism Disrupted: A Mother's Journey of Hope. Her family’s story is captured in the award-winning documentary film, “Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story.


  1. I've been meaning to post sooner, Jenny. Your poetry speaks to me (and, I am sure, many other parents); it perfectly captures so many of the feelings that I have experienced with our son (now 5, soon to be 6).
    Beautiful, wonderful words. Thank you for sharing your gift (and your journey with Erik and Graham) with us!