Join us in congratulating our dear friend, autism Grandmother extraordinaire Maurine Meleck on the publication of her poetry book.
We have a copy for two lucky readers. But we'd love you to buy a copy! $16 includes shipping. Please use Maurine's Paypal me address: paypal.me/MaurineMeleck.
This is not a book about politics.
I promised myself I would not salt
these pages with tasteless verbiage
about an autism epidemic,
stirred for two decades
without politicians or the media
lifting the pot’s cover.
I told myself that readers prefer
a light meal devoid of hot topics,
at least one that doesn’t cook
a recipe for conflict.
I’m proud I didn’t include
a poem about the 150 studies
proving a relationship
between autism and vaccines.
Just the thought of heating up
an argument over why RFK, Jr.’s
Vaccine Safety Commission
was never served, is enough
for me to avoid a bite.
I blanch at the notion
of whipping up fruitless clashes
as regards the 1 in 27 boys
now diagnosed with autism,
in order to score a logical point.
For keeping my nose
out of the mix, I’ll simply
reward myself with sweet talk.