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Monday, July 25, 2011

T.J. Discovers Braces


On Monday
at Burton GeoWorld Magnet School
a young autistic boy
names body parts.

He touches my neck and says, Neck.
Touches my necklace. Necklace, he says.
Eye brow.
When his warm fingers touch my lips,
I smile,
show my teeth and braces.
His dark eyes look inside,
he pauses, considers,
then, proudly announces--
A teeth necklace.

    Some of the most rewarding work I have done is with special needs children.  I always get so much more than I give. They teach me so much.  I love this new word for braces that T.J. taught me.  He made me glad that I wore braces. He taught me to see them as jewelry--gems. Do you have a special needs friend you'd like to write a poem for?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Joy,

    I hope this one makes it in your free-verse novel. I love it!

    Linda A.