On The Spectrum of Love

On The Spectrum of Love

A Poem by William Michael Reeves
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Sonnet about a mother, her son with Autism and his caregiver

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A mother's love can know no condition
For a son whose future is a vague dream
The path of life can live in frustration
If only his ability is seen

A son's love for his mother is unique
In autistic thought and a twist of fate
Together they flow in balance they seek
Yet the spectrum forced a forever wait

So in time and patience courage they find
Sharing hidden gifts with only a few
Who brave the puzzle to bring peace of mind
Happiness given from hearts that are true

A mother and son and givers of care
Understand the gifts that we have to share!

2022

© 2022 William Michael Reeves


Author's Note

William Michael Reeves
A Shakespearean Sonnet.

I am the caregiver. I've been working with a young man with profound Autism for a couple years. There is much satisfaction in seeing a parent's face light up when they see their child do something they thought they never could. I've always empathized with the frustration that must be to have a child that but for a little twist of a gene would be fine. I wish everyone could know the unconditional happiness I've witnessed.

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Interesting categorization of the type of loved shared by mothers and sons and caregivers. The relationship between mothers and sons is more familiar to most, I believe. The personal involvement is deeper and more intense. The love of the caregiver (And I was one for forty years.) can be very deep and true but does not generally approach that of the family. I say this in full recognition that there are indifferent parents and ungrateful sons.

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William Michael Reeves

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I was hoping to write so it might translate to parents with any son, not just disabilities. I've obs.. read more



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Beautiful, in love there’s no limitations because true love exists beyond anything and everything.
Many take it for granted because the real disability in people is not being able to receive and give love

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William Michael Reeves

1 Week Ago

And those are the people who shouldn't be having children. I was hoping to write for any mother as w.. read more
Who brave the puzzle to bring peace of mind
Happiness given from hearts that are true

I really enjoyed this part, I like your sonnet
I enjoy poets who can rhyme
this is amazing

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William Michael Reeves

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Thanks Beckie. I hope you continue to read me. Then you will see that I don't rhyme all the time, ju.. read more
A mother's love for her son is unconditional; and you speak softly and carefully about the spectrum of autism (of which I am familiar ). There actually is a special bond between a child with a challenge and the parent... it is unique and never ending. Care giving is never easy, but it is almost always done with love in the heart. Beautiful, caring write.
Best,
B.

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William Michael Reeves

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Thanks Betty. I'll be sharing it with them tomorrow so the big payoff that happens is what makes the.. read more
We are raising our grandson. Gage is 13 and is autistic. Food can be a challenge but mostly he is sweet, kind, and funny.

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William Michael Reeves

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A whole new facet I learn about people as I write poems. That's an unexpected bonus. Glad you have t.. read more
Interesting categorization of the type of loved shared by mothers and sons and caregivers. The relationship between mothers and sons is more familiar to most, I believe. The personal involvement is deeper and more intense. The love of the caregiver (And I was one for forty years.) can be very deep and true but does not generally approach that of the family. I say this in full recognition that there are indifferent parents and ungrateful sons.

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William Michael Reeves

1 Week Ago

I was hoping to write so it might translate to parents with any son, not just disabilities. I've obs.. read more
I tried to add a pic of him doing a puzzle but my pics don't seem to work. And I changed need to share, to have to share at the end.

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I have a dear poet friend who is the mother of an autistic son...he is much older now, but she still cares for him every moment of the day.
my niece is also autistic....so I have an understanding of this one.
j.

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William Michael Reeves

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My first instinct was to write good. Then I hesitated. But then realized it is good. Not that Autism.. read more
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Being a caregiver can be very challenging; especially if it's a member of your own family...usually everyone asks how the patient is doing but rarely ask how the caregiver is doing. Nice write.

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William Michael Reeves

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Thank you Ada. Now you are on my spectrum. Watch out! Right now in the condition of society caregive.. read more
Giving care to another in need is the greatest of all gifts. For both receiver and care giver.

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William Michael Reeves

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For sure! And to provide respite for those unconditional caregivers.

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Added on January 10, 2022
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Tags: Disability, parenting, unconditional love

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William Michael Reeves
William Michael Reeves

Seattle, WA



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I live in Seattle. I have been a nurses aide most of my life and my experiences as a caregiver for people with disabilities has inspired much of my poetry. I love the puzzle of poetry. Expression with.. more..

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