Trifecta Writing Challenge: Normal Shadows

Normal Shadows

He stands over his trains,
he whistles, he toots,
he puffs engine sounds,
his world reflected in his smile.
These sounds that play in his
head like a lonely piccolo
are a whirl that hold him centre
and upright. He is just one step
into the shadows of what
the experts call normal,
and we love him
all the more for it.

Trifecta Writing Challenge: Word Prompt: 3rd Definition of Normal

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  1. This is beautiful, Misky. I can hear that lonely piccolo…and I LOVE this:
    “his world reflected in his smile.” Oh, that all of our worlds could be so simply touched. Gorgeous.

  2. Misk, you know I would HAVE to love this. Riley’s autism was Asperger’s, so subtle it went undiagnosed into her 20s. She would stare at an object, transfixed… but that’s considered normal in my family, and, considering the DNA… well, you know!

    This was a lovely write in that there is so much love and understanding implied. He is, like so many of us, “other-minded.” Love, Amy

    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/07/31/canvas-wwp-abc-poets-united/

  3. That’s lovely. He sounds like something to be cherished.

  4. “He is just one step into the shadows from what the experts call normal.” Lovely…

  5. unevenstevencu 1 August 2012 — 8:57 pm

    lovely poem throughout – great response to the challenge

  6. This is lovely. Your poem says more than a whole book.

  7. “his world reflected in his smile.” This is a beautiful poem about a lovely, I can tell, boy.

  8. We love him all the more for it – really rings true. I love this piece. Thanks for sharing it with us. Please come on back Friday for the new challenge.

  9. This poem is beautiful – I especially like “He is just one step into the shadows of what the experts call normal”.

  10. What a lovely poem. So touching!

  11. Oh, this was just lovely – every word. I especially love: “He is one step into the shadows of what the experts call normal.” What an amazing way to phrase it.

  12. Beautiful. Well-deserved win on Trifecta; congratulations!

  13. Your words “He is one step into the shadows of what the experts call normal” hit home with me. I can relate wholeheartedly. My Noah is on the awesome spectrum, too.

  14. I really hope this one takes. (I’m finally able to login with Twitter, which means there is hope.) I wanted so much to write about my kids on the spectrum for this prompt, and I couldn’t wrap my brain around it. Love love loved what you did here.

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