Nurturing Neurodiversity: I cannot stop the Sea


Again and again

come waves on the beach

sometimes rhythmic and predictable

soothing in their meter

the iambic pentameter of life

Then crash and tumble

you are hit with the tide

the rogue happening

that caught you unaware

there is a calm

where you build

and create

and get a surer footing

in the ever changing

shifting sand

and then you are set upon

awash in a sea of anguish

in that moment I can see in your eyes

the reflection of every hit

every pummeling you have ever lived

I see it

and in that moment

I promise to reach out

every single time

to be there for you

I cannot stop the sea

but I can stand beside you in the tide

Leah Kelley, December 2012



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© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2012)

About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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16 Responses to Nurturing Neurodiversity: I cannot stop the Sea

  1. Hannah says:

    This is beautiful Leah!


  2. I cannot stop the sea….yes…!


  3. A Quiet Week says:

    Sharing this. Love button!


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  6. Such strength in your words. Beautiful


  7. aka_andrea says:

    What a beautiful piece of poetry~
    “Then crash and tumble
    you are hit with the tide
    the rogue happening
    that caught you unaware”

    powerful images here followed by a very tender resolve
    “there is a calm
    where you build
    and create”

    in that calm so much magic can happen to rebuild what the crash and tumble tears apart.


  8. Leah Kelley says:

    (((Andrea))) Thank you… for your comment and your words. There is a rhythm to this: the crash and the rebuild… and again… and again. I wonder if perhaps that ‘magic’ of which you speak is potential, and hope, and learning, and resolve/resiliency, and bravery all bound together with the hard-won wisdom of loss and many tears shed…


    • aka_andrea says:

      Leah~ I believe it is all of those things. I think that, and perhaps it is naïve on my part, that the heart and soul that one puts into the struggle is always rewarded. Challenges are relative and the ‘reward’ may not always be what we hope for or expected but if we look hard enough, it’s always in there somewhere…I absolutely believe in hard won wisdom as well. The again and again and again is the stuff that makes us who we are, unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it.

      I usually don’t see any of it until I am long past and far from the battle, but then I do and am thankful for what brought me through~ you wrote this feeling so well.


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