I have seen her
wearing steel-toed shit-kicking boots
ready to face the day.
Her strength has grown
and she is able to put out a stiff hand
to all the little stuff
that once sent her over the edge.
She traps life’s heartaches in her chest
like a small caged bird,
gently handled with grace and wisdom.
it carries the magic of experience
The strength has finally clung to her,
seeped into her daily life
inviting gratefulness and pride
for the little moments of a day,
and the precious heart of
this small family at home.
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”.