Poetry by Scott Lentine about life on the autism spectrum

On Monday, I got an email from a 25-year-old named Scott Lentine, who described himself as a “25-year-old man with high functioning autism (PDD-NOS/Asperger’s).” Scott graduated magna cum laude from Merrimack College, majoring in religious studies and minoring in biology. He works as an office intern at The Arc of Massachusetts, where, he says, “I try to persuade lawmakers to pass key disability resources legislation to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities.”

Scott sent me three poems that he’d written about his experiences that he asked me to share with people I know on the autism spectrum as well as “musicians and parents and friends of individuals on the autism spectrum who support improved health care access and employment resources to individuals on the autism spectrum.” He agreed to let me run them on PLOS; I hope you get as much out of them as I did.

The Ode to the Autistic Man

Try to understand the challenges that I face
I would like to be accepted as a human in all places
Where I will end up in life I don’t know
But I hope to be successful wherever I go
I would like to expand my social skills in life
Making new friends would be very nice

Stand proud for the autistic man
For he will find a new fan
I hope to overcome the odds I face today
Increased acceptance will lead me to a brighter day

By the age of 20, I will have made tremendous strides
I know in the future, life will continue to be an interesting ride
I have made new friends by the year
I will be given tremendous respect by my family and peers
I hope to get noted for bringing the issue of autism to the common man
So that autistic people can be accepted in this great land

Stand proud for the autistic man
For he will find a new fan
I hope to overcome the odds I face today
Increased acceptance will lead me to a brighter day

Just a Normal Day

Never knowing what to say
Never knowing what to do
Always looking for clues
Just a normal day

Feeling unsure
Totally perplexed with everyday life
Always on edge never certain
I wish I could lift this curtain
Needing to constantly satisfy my need for information
Always online searching for new revelations
Going from site to site
Obtaining new insights every night

Trying to connect with people my age
Attempting to reveal my unique vision
But ending up alone and unengaged
Feeling like my needs a total revision
Just a normal day

Can’t You See

Can’t you see
I just want to have a friend
Can’t you see
I need the same connections in the end

Can’t you see
I want a good job
Can’t you see
I need to have stability and dependence and part of the general mob

Can’t you see
I want to be independent on my own
Can’t you see
I want to be able to have my own home

Can’t you see
I want the same things as everyone else
Can’t you see
I want to be appreciated for myself

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2 Responses to Poetry by Scott Lentine about life on the autism spectrum

  1. I’ve never been diagnosed with Asperger’s, but my wonderful partner ‘has’ it, and I share many cognitive traits with him (I also find him *far* easier to get on with and understand than the general population!). I appreciate works like these – I wrote a short story myself about the inner experience of social and sensory overload.

  2. Pingback: My poems about autism « scottlentine

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