There is nothing like painting for being in the moment. Here is a take on being present with painting as a metaphor.


Painting for a Twist


Today I imagine colors of tomorrow

Today I make the shades of yesterday

What if the colors bring their own shades?


Maybe you don’t know the palette yet

Maybe you are clouded by the shades

How does vibrancy look on you?


We can try bringing the brushes

We can try enlarging the canvas

Will we insist on the colors?


Today is the day of painting

Today is when the art comes together

Look, today is all you got.

Swarit Gopalan

About the Author

I am an 11-yr old autistic, nonspeaker that uses letterboard to spell/keyboard to type to communicate.I live with my family in Florida and go to Invictus Academy for school. 
I find a lot of solace in expressing myself through poetry. Music and nature also help me stay in the present, there is nothing better for me than to have my movement create a symphony with nature and to truly enjoy the sights and sounds. Living in harmony with nature is my life’s mission.
Right from the time of diagnosis, we are only told about all things we cannot or will not be able to do. Along with the check that is written to the doctor for the diagnosis, it often feels like our agency is written off too, especially without a reliable communication mechanism.  
Time to change the paradigm with more non speaker voices. It has always been a dream to share my thoughts and perspectives with the world so that I can be one of the catalysts to creating a better understanding of non speakers in general. 
My hope is that my words will help change the world from sympathy and pity for those like me to one of deeper understanding of our lives and allyship to ensure our rights.

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