I really have to say that I'm not usually a great fan of poetry - especially of poetry which doesn't rhyme. I've got a long history of writing poems though admittedly they've become quite sparse in recent years.
My poetry is usually funny and rhyme tends to help it. Very occasionally, I delve into darker matter but I usually feel constrained by time and linearity. I feel like I want to get my whole point across but also to digress. There's not enough lines to say what I want to say.
I don't read a lot of poetry online either. Usually it's too shallow for me.
Along comes Jennie Linthorst.... wow.
I think this could be the first time a poem has ever brought tears to my eyes.
Jenny has gotten over the limitations by writing a series of eight poems, each one moving deeper into what it's like to be the mother of a child with sensory processing disorder.
I'm stunned. Hartley Steiner's 30 SPD stories in 30 Days series is amazing. It's turning up some real gems - and this is one of the best.
The Lindhorst Family: My story of SPD through Poetry
by Jennie Linthorst
Have a read.
Hers has been one of my favorites too.