The Mask


The Mask

by Austin Jepson








Over time, Autism wears lots of costumes.

Some are scary,

Some are funny,

Lots are really sad.

But, all are only masks,

Covering the faces of the people

Trapped within.


Autism can steal and plunder,

Can wrestle and pin,

Can laugh and can scorn,

But it will never win.


Many days will come,

Many hours will pass,

Many battles will wage,

Many wars will be won.


Many places I’ll go,

Many things I can see,

All this will I do,

Autism won’t define me.

About author

Austin Jepson

I am a non-verbal boy with autism. I was adopted by the Jepsons at age seven. Prior to that, I lived in foster care for 2 years. My original family could not take very proper care of me and I was taken from their home. My memories of them are still alive, though, and I love them, even though they had problems. My life now is better. My mom and dad love me and so do my brothers. I am lucky for that. As I am planning on going to college some day, writing in this blog is great practice. I hope you like it. Maybe you will learn something about autism. I hope so.

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    Cami Dixon says

    Austin, what you say about the mask is so true. There is a remarkable person behind that mask…YOU! Thank you for giving us a glimpse behind it. I love you! – Aunt Cami

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    Todd Ogden says

    This is awesome Austin. You’re the man. Thanks for sharing.

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    Cordell Staker says

    Like speaking and thinking in a foreign language, autism may offer refined definition and understanding of observations and communication. Write Austin. Write what you see and feel.

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    Lori Wood says

    I will love whatever face you are wearing. So proud to be your Aunt.

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    Melanie Walthall says

    I LOVE this poem. ❤

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    Terry Thomas says

    I appreciate the poem. It helped me to see and understand just a little bit more about a loving Father in Heaven and the challenges He gives each one of us. I am sure the day will come that you will stand proud before Him at the way you have taken your challenge and used it to increase your talents.

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    Mrs. Honkanen says

    What a beautiful poem! I will print it out and hang it up in the classroom for everybody to enjoy.

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