A poem by Mayer Shevin

 Language of Us/Them 

We like things

        They fixate on objects

We try to make friends

        They display attention seeking behavior

We take breaks

        They display off task behavior

We stand up for ourselves

        They are non-compliant

We have hobbies

        They self-stim

We choose our friends wisely

        They display poor peer socialization

We persevere

        They perseverate

We like people

        They have dependencies on people

We go for a walk

        They run away

We insist

        They tantrum

We change our minds

        They are disoriented and have short attention spans

We have talents

        They have splinter skills

We are human

        They are . . . ?



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