Passing by the moon

Passing by the Moon

by Austin Jepson


Every night I dream

Of travelling,

Making a trip through space



How would I know

And could I decide

A path that took me far

From life on Earth?


Aren’t we supposed

To be grounded and safe,

Covered and protected

By an atmosphere?


Small as I am

And so inconsequential,

Would I simply disappear

Like a shooting star?


Which planet would become

A suitable new home,

Where life makes sense

For people like me?


All we would need

And all we would want

And all we would ask for

Is a tiny piece of the universe.


For a language and a purpose,

And a common understanding,

And a chance to create

Something new.


Somewhere out there,

A few light years away,

An autism world

Is waiting for 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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    Melanie Walthall says

    This is so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Austin.

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    Mark Peterson says

    Wow. Great poem. Great insights. Thanks for writing.

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    Kristen Law says

    Austin, you are a very talented poet. That was truly beautiful.

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    Todd Ogden says

    Awesome poem! Keep posting Austin. We miss you guys.

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    Sherlyn Mullis says

    Beautiful thoughts! Thanks for sharing.

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    Justin Stoddard says

    Hey Austin, you’re a great writer and your thoughts are valuable and insightful. Thank you for sharing!

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