Coping Skills

Coping Skills

Poetry

Matthew Borczon

 

 

 

My special

needs son

is laughed

at and bullied

in school

because when

he gets

upset he

either explodes

into curses

and anger

or he

cries displaying

what his

therapist calls

his emotional

real age

the other

kids find

either response

hilarious and

a distraction

from their

school day

so they

push his

buttons until

the show

begins

 

one day

I see

his hands

balled into

fists on

the playground

and he

shakes like

he is

having a

seizure

when I

ask what

is wrong

he says

through clenched

teeth that

sometimes

if I

do this

hard enough

I can

keep myself

from crying

 

now it

is me

who clenches

my jaw

and balls

my fists

and shakes

every morning

as I

watch him

walk into

school.

 

 

Matthew Borczon is a nurse, navy sailor and poet from Erie, Pa. He has published 11 books of poetry the newest is Body bag from Nixes Mates press. He has been nominated for both a push cart and best of the net. He publishes widely in the small press. When not writing he is a nurse for adults with developmental disabilities and he raises four children.

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