Sunday, November 27, 2011

There is a Flock of Them

As we enter this holiday time, remember the invisible angels out there.  They move us and guide us when we need them most... 


There is a Flock of Them


            angels with immense feathered wings,

sounds of flapping, like eagles.

They swoop, hover,

eyes of laser beams

watch me in my world below.


Like race horses before the release bell,

they huddle together, wings overlapping

as they build their power.

Eyes dart around the scene below

claws sharpened, perched, ready to fly.


I walk on the sidewalks of my life,

lost in troubled thoughts,

trapped in fogs of indecision.


I don’t see them when they come.

Yet, I know they have been there

when I realize I have been moved.

Somehow they have swooped down,

picked me up with their nimble claws

and placed me gently on my perfect pathway. 


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. please help I have a school district transportation & school who dont know how to handle a autism child my son has issues but he is really a good boy my son has been labeled a bad child written up twice by school bus driver ! has new teacher who has never worked with special needs children!! someone please contact me @ cell e-mail cell phone # (925)565-0981 Home #(925)458-7051 sincerly Robert Bucher

  2. Hello everyone, my name is Colleen.. I have a 12 years old daughter who is Autistic she has PDD and ADHD... Lately is been hard staying on top of my daughter stuff.... I lost my son Andrey who was 20, August 29, 2011.... I have been trying to deal with my own loss and trying to help Steph deal with her brothers loss... For awhile she would not even say his name... And now in school when writing about her family, she leaves her brother out.... I let her come to me when she is ready to talk about him.. and the school is aware and they do the same... when she is ready....It just hurts that she leaves him out...Its seems so easy for her to move forward.... It takes everything I have just to get up and deal with the day... and I need to work on her medical stuff and etc... Andrey and I talked about how he would be the one to take care of her in the future... now that all has to change.... Just overwhelmed.... Thank you for listening

  3. Beautiful poem!!! As the parent of two children w/ autism, I have been picked up on that pathway many, many times. Through all things I try to remember that we are not alone in this journey. Sometimes the best thing you can do is simply trust.

  4. I can relate to the one that commented on their child being labeled, "Bad." So heart breaking, I know how you feel. My son is 14 years old, and was diagnosed with Asperger's, A.D.H.D. and Tourette's Syndrome. He is a WONDERFUL son, and I wouldn't trade him for the world! I see the good, and I, also, see his struggles. The struggles that this world label as, "Bad, crazy, nuts, horrible, and even evil." People need to remember that these are challenges that these kids with A LOT of LOVE and KINDNESS can/WILL overcome. But society only makes it worse, a lot of times the adults, by treating them like freaks from the pit of hell. It is so sad to see my son work so hard, after making a mistake as we ALL do, and still not be accepted. This kids are children of God the same as us, and guess what? GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES!!!!!! Sorry, I needed to vent. I love the Lord, and so does my son, but society and those that should be setting examples of love and acceptance no matter what your challenges are, or how different you are. It is VERY difficult to raise a child with challenges and this is my second one out of 5 children. It is hard, but I love them with my life! I'm honored that God would choose me to be their Mom! Just saying!

  5. You're so right, Colleen, and much prayer, too!

  6. I'm honored that God would choose me to be their Mom! What a statement I haven't hear said before especially when it's about a special child. I am a mother of five boys 14, 11, 4, 3 and 8 months. Recently my 3 year old son Nickolas was diagnosed with mid spectrum autism in August 2011. I am new to learning about all this. I can related to all the labeling about special needs children and I used to get so angry but I have found that my anger does nothing I just try to educated otherwise I caulk it up to there unwillingness the learn and there being uneducated, otherwise the anger of the stupidity would consume me and then I would be no good for my children.

  7. @ heart breaks for the loss of your son. Try not to be hurt by Steph's reaction to her brother's death. He is still in her memories but most autistic people deal with the "here & now". She probably sees your family as it is now which now, sadly, does not include your son. Since autistic people do not see things the way we do we have to change our way of thinking to understand theirs. We had a loss in our family & my autistic son acted as if nothing had happened after a couple days. When I asked him why he didn't talk about them anymore he frankly said, "He is not here anymore." And that is how it has been ever since. My prayers are with you and your family.