Must we Conform? a poem about fitting in

must we conform, make ourselves fit?

or mould ourselves slowly, bit by bit,
inch ourselves in, by stealth and by lie
not letting them see just how hard we try
to smile when they joke, cry when they fall,
reflect their emotions, jump at their call,
nod our agreement, frown our displeasure,
forget all our emptiness – life lived at half measure;

do we know what we miss?
what could make us be whole?
or does ignorance appease
the ache in the soul?

So often, much too often for many on the spectrum, the society we find ourselves in is elusive, illusive, just beyond our grasp. No matter how much we read, observe, question – there is still an invisible chasm a footstep away.

This poem explores the personal emptiness and uncertainty that trying to conform to an alien society can engender.

Whether we choose to buck the system, conform to it, or become invisible within it; whether it’s a temporary expedient, or a life-long commitment, we should own those life choices as a step towards being free.

Published by Marilyn

Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after fifty years in the mental health system I decided to share my experiences and consider the impact my health has had on my well-being. Being creative is the mainstay of my life and it's how I express my deepest emotions. Photography, writing, and design challenge me and help keep me rooted in the present.

One thought on “Must we Conform? a poem about fitting in

  1. Hi there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t
    loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a
    linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.

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