Category Archives: poetry

Poems for the Autistic Child… Looking for Submissions

Today I have the amazing honour of sharing a bit of my poetry on Poems for the Autistic Child over at Raising Rebel Souls. If you haven’t yet checked out Heather Clark’s amazing blog… I encourage you to have a … Continue reading

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Ode to the Stim

H stims… I stim too… bounce and wiggle twist a lock hold tight to that ‘calming rock’ fiddle and fold squint and spin squeeze and then begin again shoes too big so toes can move wiggly legs that find their … Continue reading

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Stop   These words of tragedy Emblazoned on notepads and billboards This epidemic of dehumanization This narrowed definition of being Twisted finer and thinner So that it lacks any sensitivity So that the words themselves are A garrote Cutting into … Continue reading

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Welcoming Your Dissent: A Poem

I am striving to listen to respond to the message I need to be welcoming to your dissent There has to be room for dissent… or the ‘yes’ is meaningless Honouring you your self-determination is not about what is easier … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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This child does not deserve to be painted with my stress… A Poem

Today is just one of those days… I’m working hard on slowing it down… letting go of my agenda… responding to what my kid is REALLY saying… and remembering to breathe deeply… because this child does not deserve to be … Continue reading

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Included: A Poem

___________________________________________________ 30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently. © Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2012)

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The hardest day… a message to a friend

I wrote this post this past summer… for a friend. It was written in response to something she had written. It didn’t feel like the right time to release it then, but I sense that perhaps it is useful now: … Continue reading

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Skeleton of Hope: building the diversity mosaic

This little blog of mine wasn’t really a planned venture. I had no idea what I was doing and no experience with blogging, but on the evening of March 29th, 2011, I decided I would take the leap and write … Continue reading

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