Sunday, May 27, 2012

There Is A New Voice


There is a New Voice

Some of the joy
has come back to me.
A different voice from within
has walked out of the trenches,
and I have begun to wipe the sweat off my brow.

Our family
has stepped into a new home,
that has deep roots
and a long future.

The small song of hope
rises in me-
the strength of a mother’s love
for a child that is beating the odds.

I have earned this pride
through hours of trainings,
days spent down on the floor
on hands and knees
playing one on one
and praising the simplest task
of one block stacked onto another,
a puzzle piece placed in the right spot.
There are words, so many words
that explode from my son’s mouth.

I smile on the inside knowing
that life is awesome
in its challenges,
knowing that the maps lead us
to new places
that hold the best for us,
the best me I never knew I could be.



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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”.

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