When David played the lute and sang it did not matter that he himself could not hear.
The song inside him was not meant for him, but for those that came before.
And those that would come after.
For the Saints and the almost Saints.
For those that are not meant for this world alone.
For those of us that struggle.
Success comes to those that do not require it.
You taught me to read the stars and own the stones.
To welcome the moon and love the earth.
When we step on a stone be grateful for the pain.
To know that the animals we fear are part of us.
To love the dripping taste of orange fruit.
To cry and sing in old grave yards.
To read the poems at the gravesides of those who have gone before.
To embrace old age with courage.
To surrender and yield to the earth and make it home.
Sandy Rochelle is an award winning poet, actress and filmmaker. Sandy hosted and narrated the PBS series, ”On Our Own,” winner of the President’s Award.
She is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Literary Achievement Award and is a featured artist in the documentary film, ”The Life of a New York City Poet.
Her book of poetry: Soul Poems was published by Finishing Line Press. Individual publications include: Visions International, Connecticut River Review, West Wind Review and Spirit In the Words.
Sandy, wrote, produced, narrated and directed the Documentary Film: SILENT JOURNEY, about her son David, who is autistic and deaf. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and appeared on Broadway with the Acting Company of Lincoln Center. Sandy is a Voting Member of the Recording Academy, (the Grammy’s) and has the honor of being named New York State, ”Mother of the Year”. Here words can also be found on ‘Speak Without Interruption‘.