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An ASD Sonnet

By Michael Penfield


I received a diagnosis claiming
I have ASD. Am I autistic?
I'm not autistic. I have many traits
That are autistic. It seems semantic
Making this distinction; political
Correctness misapplied? Do I contradict
Myself, Walt Whitman? In any case,
Humankind transcends all labels.

Usually I act and speak and think
In ways autistic. Sometimes I don't.
Sometimes people off the spectrum act and speak
And think in ways autistic. Usually
They don't. If my argument's prosaic,
Blame Calliope. I take dictation.