A Poem by Adria Nassim, Bloomington Student
Adria works with the preschool program at the local YMCA assisting children ages two to five with various types of disabilities, primarily low functioning autism. Devon is one of these children who just happens to have a very fine taste in music.
Devon can’t speak in full sentences, but he has learned to memorize certain phrases from what he hears. Adria was inspired by Devon and wrote the following poem…
Dancing, singing, and tapping your feet
In the sunshine
You’re a little Paul McCartney
Four years old and free.
You pay no mind
To the distractions around you,
Only look me in the eyes
And beg me to
“Send you a postcard or
“Drop you a line.”
Ever so slowly,
You reach for my hand
And I feel your tiny precious
Fingers warming my palm.
In just a few hours,
We’ve managed to build a fragile
Nest of trust.
Every straw fiber carefully placed
And built on a foundation of acceptance
And the belief that somehow, some way,
We’re both connected.
We stare at each other for a minute,
And then I realize that the Fab Four were right–
All you really do need in life is love.