Can you put these blocks in the box?
Will you look right at me when I talk to you
And will you respond to your own name?
Will you use this toy car for its purpose
Or hyper-focus on one part, turning the wheels
Over and over. Repeatedly touching the vent in the door
Will you turn your head if ring this bell?
Will you cling to your mother when faced
With a threatening situation? Or will you
Absentmindedly touch that little girl’s hair?
If I move you to another room, can you handle
The transition? Will you touch putty? Can you handle
Sensory experiences that might scare
Anyone who’s two?
His mother waits as the inevitable label is slapped
On her tiny son.
Is this lifelong or temporary? She asks.
The doctor looks at her blankly. For now
I don’t know.
What is a disorder anyway? Can anybody ever
Get out of the spectrum? Can anybody every
Cure bipolarity through mindfulness and therapy?
I look at the doctor sharply.
We only do what we can, she said.