For Charlie

My son always loved Annie Lennox, and she has such a soaring beautiful spirit, and that helped him with his autism and non-verbal learning disabiiites to learn about beautiful uplifting emotions and spirituality and expression of personality and identity. It may or may not have been until his eighteenth that he got to hear this song, but it was perfect for him at the time it came out. However, it didn’t help me to bring him home or prevent his suffering.

Published by simplyme841

How I got through it I really don't know, but I did a vow of silence for learning disabilities for a year a couple of years ago. I had wanted to do it for three or four years beforehand, after finding out about an Australian who did it for the animals. But the timing was never right. It was difficult but during the silence I learnt about John Francis, the environmentalist and author, who did it for seventeen years whilst walking barefoot across America playing the banjo. I had to make sure I drank enough fluids and had plenty of exercise so that my respiratory system didn't collapse, and learnt new things and read difficult books to keep my mind alert. It is very tough again during lockdown too, but immensely difficult for those with learning disabilities. I began writing my poetry last spring in the first Covid pandemic lockdown, and it poured out of me. But as you can tell from my readings my voice is still weak.

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