Finally caved and watched the movie “The Accountant” last night, if only to see how autism was portrayed ( yes, I am typically months late to the party. ☺). No offense to any who enjoyed it, but where it wasn’t all bad, it did spark some annoyance at yet again seeing a guy’s autism complete with the usual numerical capability….
“If you were a genius,
We might have more use for you,”
“As it is,
You are far too…mundane,”
They fairly snort.
“What sort of enigma are you?
Where lies the puzzle prowess?
Or the mathematical equation-spouting,
We are so used to seeing?”
And they smirk almost…
I’ve disappointed them, after all.
I don’t put off the vibe they recall.
And, then, I wish I could say
I stand up and politely give them hell.
But, more often than not, I lose words in conversation,
Wind up sputtering fruitless
In ways they summarily chalk up to
And so, I have to watch them walk away
At how the phrasology
Doesn’t sound like any whiz kid’s…
Ah, but here?
Here it flows out undisturbed by any
Errant comment or expression…
Thus, today, I must firmly say
We are not all of us
Walking calculators or
Made of the same variety of quirks.
Some have those particular gifts,
But, whatever we have or don’t have
Do not sum up our worth.
Too often what you envision are
Merely endearing stereotypes
Designed to sell books and movies
Or make things more palatable for you
At school or work.
Because, to you, if one is smart
In the requisitely cool
Or markedly profitable
Sense of the word,
Much, much more can be forgiven.
Oh, don’t try to deny this truth.
For, you see, autism looks almost stylish then,
Like a pet in a purse,
Something cute to dangle from your arm.
Just put us in front of a screen with
Fidget spinners in hand
And we can blend right in
With the rest of this electronically-induced age
To beat the band.
Heaven forbid you find you are wrong
Or start catching the strains of a
For, all your gold mines dwindle then.
To be autistic and yet too “ordinary”?
An enigma of a rather unsatisfying sort!
And, apparently, the gravest of sins
According to your tried and true reports…