There's still a long way to go before autism is accepted. Certainly books like 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' by Mark Haddon have helped, though I doubt Herr Nachbar has read it.
I still struggle to go out into the garden.
The Village Idiot
Four children in a photograph –
sisters and brothers –
all scrubbed, all dutifully gleaming.
So which are deemed deficient?
The camera doesn’t know.
But there you go
windmilling down our street,
and there’s our Nazi neighbour
who thinks that you are thick,
he tells me you should be locked up.
See how he battens down spent daffodils,
entrenches his French marigolds
with pissy little rings of slug pellets!
Let’s grub them up at midnight,
let malnourished molluscs feast.
© Deborah Harvey 1999, 2014