C.J. Heck

Rookie - 250 Points (August 10 / Born in Columbus OH - living in Florida)

I Am Me. I'M Matty - Poem by C.J. Heck

I’ve got this thing called autism
that can lock you up inside
but I am me, I’m Matty,
and I’m learning not to hide.

The state was slow to test me.
Mommy made them walk the line.
They said I might not talk
so mommy taught me how to sign.

There’s nothing slow about me.
Everywhere I go, I run.
I’m always on my tiptoes
and I flap my arms when I have fun.

I love climbing and pretending,
I know movies word for word,
and now that I have learned to talk
I repeat things till I’m heard

I’m just like any other boy
in many, many ways
but I like things to stay the same
so I won’t melt down today.

I have this thing called autism
but I am Matty. I am ME.
I’ll unlock my world inside
‘cause my mommy holds the key.

(For my grandson, Matthew. I love you, Matty)

Comments about I Am Me. I'M Matty by C.J. Heck

  • (6/21/2006 12:18:00 AM)

    why is autistic life a conundrum. life feels overwhelming. unless i'm alone, in the place i call home. but oh yeah, that's just inside my mind. i always feel alone. but something from your poem grew. inside of me when i talked to you. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/11/2006 5:32:00 PM)

    Written with all the love and compassion of a wonderful gramma. It is a testament to your humanity.
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  • (1/7/2006 5:49:00 PM)

    Beautifully done, C.J..Got me all teared up.

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  • Ernestine Northover (1/5/2006 1:44:00 PM)

    These children struggle to be accepted, so they need all the help we can give them and the support. Well written piece, and I wish your grandson all the very best in his endeavours. Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • (1/5/2006 8:54:00 AM)

    having worked with people who have learning dissabilites including austism, i can read this poem with understanding and empathy.You have managed to summarise in such sweet positive words how those with Ausitsm think, and see the world. This is a poem with great insight which perfectly and more importantly positively descibes the ups and downs of those with Ausitsm. this really touched me.

    yours sincerely

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  • (1/5/2006 8:37:00 AM)

    Sweet Poem CJ, love Kids any type hihiihi Lovem dave xxx and You (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 5, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, January 6, 2006

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