It’s a challenge
Wearing a label
That includes you in a group
Of people who are often marginalized
And knowing that the label
Is not entirely unfair, though it is…
Different. How you feel,
How you act, who you are.
A lifetime of convincing yourself
That different can be good.
And that you are.
But being uncertain of how many others
Actually believe that too.
Wondering, in any given moment
Was that response because I’m autistic?
Or was it just them,
Would they have been that way with anyone?
But knowing that it probably was
At least tinged by your label.
Just wishing for those people
Who would show you, that labels
Didn’t really matter to them,
And that you were good
Just for being you.