The Next Step

(a poem dedicated to the charter night of the Sydney Autism Community Lions Club)

Since the beginning and through the ages

Humanity adapted to lots of changes

While some were physical and others mental

It’s definitely not coincidental

It started off with the primates

They found themselves in desperate straits

Some of them began to evolve

Making way for the Neanderthal

Alas they were too different

And sometimes quite divergent

They finally had to break away

And in the world, make their way

Yet without rules for society

Many would’ve lived in anxiety

So complex codes were created

and community was regulated

Religions to govern daily life

And also to manage man and wife

Loyalty and honor to master deals

Vengeance or mercy for appeals

Fast forward a few ages

Words could now be kept on pages

And yet change is faced with resistance

Old customs are saved with persistence

For the mind of man has been corrupted

And words on pages could be twisted

Thus prejudice and racism were accepted

And sometimes fervently encouraged

To combat this, rules became more complex

Everything needed many checks

But this is a hindrance to humankind

And now evolution seeks to find

A simpler, more honest form of man

Free from deceit and with a plan

Trial and error are nature’s way

It takes time and goes astray

But eventually it will all make sense

By then we’ll be in the past tense

A new form of humans is emerging

From the past it’s diverging

Medicine could never find its cause

As it tries to find its flaws

What we see in autism today

Is nature working night and day

To refine mankind and make it better

And to help it forge an improved future

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