I wrote this poem for my best friend during a time when he felt far away. I wanted to make sure he knew how deeply I loved him. As an autistic person, I often struggle to feel connected or process and understand emotions. The world is loud and every experience has its volume on max. I retreat inside myself and disconnect in order to function with over-stimulation. I am acutely aware of how my experience of the world is not the same as those whom I hold most dear. I work hard and am constantly learning ways to express love and affection so that the people in my life know how valuable they are to me.