I wish I could crawl around inside your head
so I could finally understand.
I wish you could remember to use the words you know
and that we’ve drilled you on
after freaking time.
I wish the world wasn’t so painful for you.
I wish you could make a friend
a real friend
your own age.
I wish you could tell me about your day.
I wish everyone you’ll ever meet
will see you as I see you,
as a compassionate