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I Hate You When You Call Me Autistic!

I Hate You When You Call Me Autistic!

I hate you when you call me names
I hate you when you look at me - blank face
I hate you when you mock at me
I hate you when you threat me as if I am not human.

Do you know that I can memorize
 all the names of my families and relatives
 all their birthdays and phone numbers
 all the players and teams of any sports
 all newspapers and schedules in the subways
And i know you dont

Do you know that I can easily define patterns
  in all the things that I see, I touch,
  I hear, I smell, I taste and I dream
And i know you dont

Do you know that I have a lot of great things in my mind
  I can solve intricate mathematical equations
  I can create worlds that you have not thought before
  I can paint life like a magical innocent smile of a child
And I know you dont

I want to talk to you,
   but I was not given a chance
I want to tell you about the sky
   but I startle when I talk
I want to tell you about duality
   but I have trouble relating my mind
I want to play hide and seek
   but I could not look at into your eyes
I might flaps my hand or walk on tiptoe
   because these are my ways of telling you
Can we be normal and be friends?

But you set norms and rules
   because you are many and we are not
Label us as a disorder or a disease
   because we behave differently and you are not
Diagnose us by behaviours and observartions
   because you think you are smart and we are not
But I'm sorry to disagree, your theory is your opinion - not ours!

But  when I hate you
   It does not mean that I do not love you
   It does not mean that I do not care about you
   It does not mean that we can not be together
But simply because
   You do not understand me.

** This poem was published in the Oakland Journal, a New Jersey magazine on April, 2010.