i can’t believe
you thought i
would make a joke about that -
i was talking about something else 

poem originally published at Spillwords.com

this poem is about a misunderstanding in verbal communication. I find that in the past I often seemed to say something that was misinterpreted. Being a sensitive softy, it was fear inducing because I am stuck in a conversation that is going one way when I wanted it to go in another, but somehow I seem to have said the ‘wrong’ thing. It’s resulted in my reluctance to communicate with people and to build a wall of defense, as well as pretend that I don’t have thoughts or feelings because they of course only lead into trouble. Now that I recognize I am autistic, I am trying to be kinder to myself.

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