Awake – a pantoum

Awake as the sun rises
turning toward the tasks of today
yesterday’s expectations loosen
to make room for imagination;

turning toward the tasks of today
writing my way to the centre
to make sense of imagination
germinated in autism’s dark hours;

writing my way to the centre
a hummingbird hovers, reassuring
in autism’s dark hours
‘There is hope, courage!’

a hummingbird hovers reassuring
green teal ducks cloistered among the mallards
‘There is hope, courage!’
we are never alone;

green teal ducks cloistered among the mallards
a heron stands sentinel –
we are never alone;
make peace with reality.

A heron stands sentinel
yesterday’s expectations loosen
make peace with today’s reality
Awake! the sun rises.

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