Hail, Poetry

Teaching Children with Autism

Hail, Poetry

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by Sally C.

Dear Mommy, don’t you cry now and Daddy don’t you weep.

I want to whisper in your ear before I go to sleep.

I know that when I came here I seemed perfect in every way

and you were so proud Daddy when you held me on that day.

And Mommy when you kissed me and wrapped me up so tight,

I felt as if I belonged here, and everything was right.

 

When things got really scary and I began to slip away

I saw your face dear Mommy as you knelt by me to pray.

And Daddy, I always notice when you wipe away a tear,

or watch the other little boys as they run and laugh and cheer.

I may not be able to tell you how much I love you so,

or even show you how I feel and what I really know.

 

But when you hold me Mommy at night when all is still

I hear your dear heart beating and I know that all is well.

And Daddy when you take me to the park to run and play

I know that you still love me though the words I cannot say.

So Daddy don’t you cry now and Mommy don’t you weep,

I want to tell you something before I go to sleep.

 

I may be sort of different, and you may not understand.

I know that I am not that child that you and Daddy planned.

But I love you both so very much and I know you love me too

and one day when this life is done you will feel my love for you.

I know the future is unknown and you will always have to be,

the one’s that love and listen and take good care of me.

 

The road we walk is rough sometimes and you cry a lot of tears,

but one day we will turn and laugh as we look back o’er the years.

So Mommy don’t you cry now, and Daddy please don’t weep…

I want to say,

I love you

before I go to sleep.

[Thanks to Sandy Ball on the SJU Autism list.]

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