A bit of comic poetry: The Blind Folk and The Aspie Man

A comic pastiche of The Blind Men and the Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-87) written by yours truly.
Photograph taken by the author, San Diego Zoo, March 1997.

Photograph taken by the author, San Diego Zoo, March 1997.

It was five friends of Aspie man,
To help him much inclined,
They went to see the man at home
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might answer their own mind

The first approached the Aspie man,
And happening to see[1]
The unkempt state of his abode
“What this man needs” said she
“Is someone occupational
To show him how to be”

 The second brought a self-help book
“I know my stuff” she said
“Professions have consulted me
“From here to Beachy Head
“I’ll help him find his real niche
“And earn his daily bread”

The third said “He is self-absorbed
“Needs turning inside-out
“Let him select a worthy cause
“And to it be devout
“And he will altruism learn
“Of this I have no doubt”

The fourth approached the Aspie man
And sensing of his rage
When treated like an absentee
Of half his mental age
Said “He needs to be analysed
“and set free from his cage”


The fifth walked up with far-off eyes
And said “Claw back the power
“A therapist to hypnotise
“Will help you through this hour
“So tell yourself you’re wonderful
“and blossom like a flower”

And so these friends of Aspie man
Disputed loud and long,
Each in their own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

So oft in trying for to help
The Aspie man, I’ve seen
His friends rail on in ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Aspie man
Not one of them has been!

[1] OK, she was blind but you get my drift.