Sybil of Voices: An Ode to Tara Strong

A caricature of Tara Strong with Timmy Turner, Bubbles, Raven, Twilight Sparkle, Truffles, Plum, Daizy, and Ilana patterned in the background. Courtesy: Unknown Artist

Jewish blonde vixen.
A scintillating woman of a thousand voices–
Male and female,
Young and old–
All ready to play at her command.

Bubbles, age five–
Sweet and innocent by day,
A hardcore superheroine by night.
Friendly to all of Earth’s creatures,
From the biggest elephant to the smallest newt.

Timmy, age ten–
His wishes are always
At his fairies’ command.
But when they go awry,
He reverses them back to normal.

Raven, age sixteen–
Dark by nature,
Psychic by power.
She keeps her emotions in check,
Lest she incur her father’s demonic influence on herself.

Harley, age twenty-seven–
Beautifully collected once upon a time,
Driven to insanity by the Joker.
Yet, she’s madly in love with the clown
And his dirty tricks.

Truffles, age unknown–
Named after the sweetest of all chocolates,
She actually possesses a sour attitude.
Pretty ironic for a fairy,
Married to a non-fairy chef.

Sweet and sour,
Childish and mature,
Calm and insane–
Tara Strong is the master of all these voices.
She and her personalities speak for all of my life.


Dawn of a New Age

Dawn of a New Age

Night has fallen on my old life,
And the sun has risen for a new day.
Will I make the change to achieve greatness,
Or will I remain stationary and miss that chance?

The page of my life’s story has turned,
Yet, somehow, I feel the same.
Do I look forward to create a bright future,
Or do I continue to live in the past?

The answer to the first question becomes very clear,
As I look up at the heavenly blue sky.
God wants me to be as great as I’m destined to be,
So He says, “Go forth and live your dreams with love.”

The wind bellows the second answer,
Shaking the flowers beside me as it blows.
God wants me to have great people and rewarding adventures,
So He says, “Your friends love you, so go and be with them.”

My Eyes Are Hazel, NOT Black

My Eyes Are Hazel, NOT Black

The following poem is a response to Steve Shapin’s controversial New Yorker article Seeing the Spectrum, in which he wrote this damning, fallacious sentence about autistic people like myself: “It’s a searing experience to have a child who doesn’t talk, who doesn’t want to be touched, who self-harms, who demands a regularity and an order that parents can’t supply, whose eyes are not windows to their souls but black mirrors.”


Look into my eyes for one second, please.
What do you see?
Is it a wide open field of green grass,
And beautiful flowers at every turn?
Or do you see an agent of the devil,
Waiting to take an innocent person to burn?

Look into my eyes for one minute, please.
What color do they look like in reflected light?
Are they hazel–brown and green,
Like the great big oak tree?
Or do you see them as black,
As the vampire’s cape flowing free?

Since you won’t answer me,
And you have a maddening frown,
Because you think I’m not normal,
I’ll tell you here and now,
In a way that I see most formal,
My eyes are hazel, NOT black.

Hazel eyes are befitting of an angel,
Who is a kind soul to every living creature,
And beloved by all who meet and know her.
Black eyes solely belong to the devil,
A vile being who scorns the whole world,
And destroys lives in ways most evil.

I may be different, but my soul is rare and beautiful.
I have a heart that allows me to smile and cry,
And that’s how my friends and family see me as an equal.
You don’t see my kind as beautiful people,
So I believe you don’t have a soul worthy of heaven,
And your eyes are as black as a starless night.

The Siphoned Heart

Originally written February 13, 2015


My first love was five years my senior,

Yet he and I were exactly alike.

Autistic—Asperger’s, mind you—with

Big hearts of gold; encyclopedic

Knowledge of video games, animation,

History, and politics; and a wish for world peace.

But the love we had for each other

Was beautiful. I loved him

Just as much as he loved me.

One summer night, all that changed when

He told me, with a sullen look on his face,

That our romance had to come to an end. I believe he

Never meant that because—and please

Don’t write me off as crazy—a Heartless

Stole the heart that loved me and

Replaced it the heart that wanted

Nothing to do with me romantically

At all.

To this very day,

My mind has been racing

With thoughts of running the world over,

Keyblade in hand, to find the dark villain

Responsible for stealing the heart

Of a man who loved me so dearly, and

Take it back. Only when I return the

Golden heart to my man will

He love me again, because his heart

Belongs to me, not the romance-hating

Devil that is our society.

Father and Daughter at the Beach

Originally written January 26, 2015


In the fall of 1999, I sat with my father,

on a beach chair on a Floridian sunny day.

My swimming cap was as pink as a rose, my smile so

innocent, although some of my teeth looked like they

got knocked out by a ball in an arcade game.

The sun should’ve revealed my brown eyes a little more,

but it felt too hot for them, so the umbrella shade

protected them. I had a curly strand of hair

peeking in my view, but if you look closely,

it almost looked like the tail of a mouse.

Sunglasses obscured my father’s eyes,

making him look a little bit like Stevie Wonder.

But if you look at his coarse black hair, you could

see that he bore a striking resemblance to Nicolas Cage.

On his left arm is a tattoo of the sun and the moon,

with the sun shining brighter than all the stars.

A summer breeze blew through us as we bear-hugged each other

for warmth, the wind carrying a coconut fragrance.

The palm trees behind us and the seagulls squawking overhead

completed the picture of tropical paradise.