The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

27 May 2014

A letter to my (autistic) daughter

To my dearest Emma Lou
There's not a thing I wouldn't do
To make all things alright for you
I'd paint the sky a lovely blue

I'll teach you things both old and new
Oh all the stuff that we would do
On trips to Mars or at the zoo
I'll make the sun shine just for you

I love you so my Emma Lou
I wonder if you have a clue
I'd fetch the moon and stars for you
If that would make your dreams come true

But oh my dearest Emma Lou
I'm just your mom and human too
Though I can take you to the zoo
There's nothing else much I can do

And then my dearest Emma Lou
You taught me one thing, maybe two
The sky's a perfect shade of blue
The sun already shines for you

June 1 is the United Nations Global Day of Parents. Celebrate this annual observance by sending your poetry about being a parent to a person with autism, or about your love for your parents. Family members and individuals with autism are welcome to submit their work. Send the poem to dropbox4asp@gmail.com, with a brief bio and photo. We will publish selected poems on the ASP blog over the calendar year.

About the poet: Patricia Marie Grace S. Gomez is a two-time Palanca Awardee for Poetry for Children "Poems from the Pantry and Prehistoric Times" and Short Story for Children "A Thousand Paper Cranes". She also has honorable mention from the Philippine Board on Books for Young People-Salanga Prize for her children's story "Pepe's Gift" about the childhood of Jose Rizal. She lives in Bacolod City with her husband Mark and their two boys Mark Jr. and Malachy.

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