If you’d slept with scissors open

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‘  … fae-children, dubbed changelings, are thought to be

   an early explanation for autism spectrum disorder … ’

   from Mental Health Matters: Myths and Autism Spectrum

   Disorders by Jonathon Novick

Or an inverted coat, spread out like a hide,

a fire kept fed throughout your hungriest nights,

this auf, this changeling, this gift may not have come,

and we’d never have seen, through his enchantment,

our world as it should be seen – lit by magic.