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Whole Sort Of Genl Mish Mash

0 posted 2000-06-18 10:35 AM

Autistic shackles hold your little tongue
From telling me the punch line of the joke
That caused your fits of laughter to provoke
Excited happy tears.  You’ve never sung
Your favorite Barney song, and when you clung
To me that winter night when you awoke
To fearful, bitter sobs, you never spoke
A word of what tormented one so young.
Although autistic shackles bind your speech,
Your love is blazoned on your beaming smile.
Although I missed the punch line of that jest,
I laughed myself to happy tears.  And each
Dark night when you awake and fears defile
Your sleep, in Daddy’s arms you'll find your rest.

© Copyright 2000 Jim Bouder - All Rights Reserved
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since 1999-08-31
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1 posted 2000-06-18 10:41 AM

I remember this one!!  It is very cute!!  Poems about children tend to make me SMILE!!


"Creation of woman from the rib of Man: She was not made from his head to top him; nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him; but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved." -Unknown

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with you
2 posted 2000-06-18 10:43 AM

This is incredibly touching.....I just love it.   -SEA

Live,Love,Laugh :) ~SueB

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3 posted 2000-06-18 10:52 AM

How perfectly you show the love of a Dad for his son.  This is so very touching.  Bonnie
Kit McCallum
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4 posted 2000-06-18 11:06 AM

This is such a tender and loving poem Jbouder.  Though he may wear the veils of "autistic shackles", such wondrous gifts your son bestows to you. Your love and pride shine deeply through your words in this tribute to your son.

Best wishes,

Kit McCallum
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5 posted 2000-06-18 11:08 AM

So caught up in responding, I missed the checkmark (guess you know I'm voting for this one now)  
Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley
6 posted 2000-06-18 11:31 AM

I love this one...someday would you trek over to the Announcments Forum and update us on your son? Last time you told us about the change in diet and what it was doing...we'd really like an update Jim.  
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7 posted 2000-06-18 12:38 PM

This is a very moving tribute for your son.  You convey your own emotions toward the situation excellently (I wonder if that's a word...doesn't sound like one, but I like it anyway).


I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
—Jack Kerouac

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since 1999-05-20
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8 posted 2000-06-19 09:35 AM

I enjoy all of your work, Bouderwocky - but this one IS really special, isn't it??..*
Sudhir Iyer
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9 posted 2000-06-19 11:19 AM

A beatiful tribute, this one to your son, I love the last two lines so much, I can't express how much...except, it says it all...

I hope that you had a nice and happy father's day

Regards, sudhir.

[This message has been edited by Sudhir Iyer (edited 06-19-2000).]

Janet Marie
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10 posted 2000-06-19 04:47 PM

amazingly perfect
heartstrings in every line
touching, and beautiful
a reflection of your heart and strength
take care,

X Angel
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since 1999-11-07
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11 posted 2000-06-19 07:21 PM

Oohhh this was wonderful!

You're a good Daddy.

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since 2000-05-26
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12 posted 2000-06-19 07:25 PM

dear jbouder,
     how absolutely touching and wonderful it must be to have a father that so adeptly and willingly tells of his love for his son... this is a beautiful piece and it's got my vote for the book...

a sad tomato

you're such a beautiful freak... i wish there were more just like you...

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13 posted 2000-06-19 11:12 PM

One of my favorite's of yours, glad to see it again. Hope you had a great Father's Day!
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Jejudo, South Korea
14 posted 2000-06-20 04:06 AM

It's about time this one showed up here!!


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15 posted 2000-06-20 04:35 AM

Jbouder -- this is incredibly touching
and well done and such a hard subject.

Sweet love of a father ---so beautifully


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16 posted 2000-06-20 06:54 AM

heartwarming poem that tugs at my it, jbouder
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17 posted 2000-06-20 09:40 AM

This touched me deeply when I first read it and it still does.
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18 posted 2000-06-20 04:53 PM

Jim, I think this will always be one of my favorites.


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19 posted 2000-06-20 11:09 PM

Yes, this is very special!  


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20 posted 2000-06-21 02:45 AM

You're obviously a great father, and not a bad poet, either.  


Elizabeth Santos
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21 posted 2000-06-21 07:15 AM

This is one of the most loving poems I have ever read, and brought tears streaming down my face , again. The poem and the father and the son are all the best!

Marge Tindal
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22 posted 2000-06-21 07:24 AM

A very touching render ...
what tender thoughts from the heart of a father.

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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23 posted 2000-06-21 07:25 AM

i remember loving this one
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24 posted 2000-06-21 09:53 PM

beautiful.  completely belongs in the book.

luv Elyse

Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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25 posted 2000-06-21 11:23 PM

Tears.  Tears.  Your incredible love for your special son shines so brightly.  Absolutely, this poem should be in the book!

The spiritual wind that holds survivors aloft, plants the seeds from which bloom new hope ... R.J.G.

Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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26 posted 2000-06-21 11:25 PM

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to post this twice.  First time it ever happened to me!

[This message has been edited by Rosemary J. Gwaltney (edited 06-21-2000).]

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27 posted 2000-06-22 12:11 PM

Oh my. What else can I add that everyone else hasn't already said. This one truly touched me.
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Purgatorial Incarceration
28 posted 2000-06-22 01:31 AM

I remember this Jim... It still touches me... Bless you man.


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Whole Sort Of Genl Mish Mash
29 posted 2000-06-22 08:00 AM

I want to thank everyone for your kind comments.  I especially want to thank those in CA for their invaluable guidance in teaching me how to improve the quality of my writing.  


P.S.  PdV, I will post an update in Anouncements soon.  Thanks for your interest.  

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30 posted 2000-06-23 11:59 PM


I've always loved this reveals the emotion behind the bond between a loving, concerned father and his child. A gentle, tender testament to your love for your brought tears to my eyes the first time I read it, and now it has again. I hope he is still doing well.


the poet's to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name ~ Shakespeare

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31 posted 2000-06-24 12:04 PM

A wonderful touching heart poem!  I'm so glad you posted this for the book!
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32 posted 2000-06-30 03:24 AM

Touched my heart, and it will touch many others!
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33 posted 2000-08-03 10:49 AM

Just wanted to bring this back to the top... In all honesty, the heart in this makes it one of my all time favorites here...  
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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34 posted 2001-02-14 01:11 AM

Your poem is exquisite! Your description of your precious little son's disability is written with such love and tenderness. I really thank you for sharing this!

I am also the mother of a disabled child whom I love as you do yours.

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35 posted 2001-02-14 02:31 PM

I wasn't even a member when you first posted this, but I am so glad it found its way back. I am crying, but don't know why. This is such a beautiful verse and about such a beautiful child. See God knows who to send "special" childern to. Hugs, ME
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