Take a glass of jasmine tea and sit with me a while
See the frown that’s on your face transform into a smile
Life can take us places that we never dreamed were true
When you need to feel at home I’ve time to share with you
Life is an adventure but when things are getting rough
Just remember gentle can be just strong as tough
Use your heart, engage your mind before you choose to fight
Just because someone is wrong does not give you the right
Child you are so lucky having everything you need
Choose the path of kindness and I know you will succeed
You will leave your teacher soon beneath the shady tree
But tell me of your hope and fears and drink some jasmine tea.
I went to work. I wandered home. My life was simplified.
For I was there and all alone with no one at my side.
The roundabout of love for me was not an easy ride.
No pity please! I can survive. I’m made of stronger stuff.
That playground’s made me realise that I can be so tough.
I have my health and sense of self, for now that is enough.
I see you look. I see the eyes. You want to ask me why.
Am I aloof, unpopular, or simply high and dry?
That sombre and unsmiling man who watches you pass by.
You turn around. I feel your gaze. You pierce me deep inside.
And all the pain and hurt that over years I’ve tried to hide,
You comprehend and validate then gently put aside.
You take my hand. You swing my heart. You turn my insides out.
You want to change my life and that you can, I have no doubt.
I go to work but simple has become more roundabout.
So take a little look at me
I wonder what your eyes will see
Perhaps my disability
Or all the things I cannot be
More than a sexuality
I’m deep in my complexity
With spectrum seen disorderly
So when you try to label me
Make sure it’s three dimensionally
In being human I can be
A mass of possibility
A friend to you potentially
So open up your eyes and see
There’s good in all humanity
The trouble is he wants to be a man
He’s overgrown his boyhood he assumes
If anger and aggression are his plan
The future very ominously looms
A man is not an animal you see
Maturity should bring a slight finesse
And if he wants to win the fight with me
He’ll always be a boy, no more no less
To put away those tantrums and those tears
And look inside to own the hurt within
For when he can admit both hopes and fears
Perhaps the days of adulthood begin
He thinks he is a bigger man than me
I’ll teach him all the ways that he can be
We’re sitting in the safety of the dark
And by my side he tells about his life
His smile illuminates each sad remark
He’s positive in spite of all the strife
Together in the park we’re on a date
We sit almost too close and talk of much
And all his words within me resonate
I can’t believe how deeply he can touch
He smiles again but this is just for me
And in return I look into his eyes
If his are like a deep unending sea
Then mine are bluer than the summer skies
On far horizons meet the sea and sky
And no one feels their touch but he and I
Make the change you want to see
Be the best that you can be
Live for now and worry less
Tidy up don’t leave a mess
Think of others you can aid
Make sure debts are fully paid
Study hard as through you go
Learning helps us all to grow
Smile more often have a laugh
Light some candles for your bath
Share with others frequently
Give your love to all you see
Count your blessings one by one
Then leave in peace when life is done