When Peter was introduced to Facilitated Communication at the age of 30, it not only allowed him to express his thoughts and feelings for the first time, but it also opened up a whole new world of personal and creative expression. Gradually the multitude of stories and ideas that had been bottled up inside him for so long have been unleashed (Peter had been writing stories in his head from a young age).
A big part of Peter’s creative expression has come through his poetry and prose writings, encouraged and facilitated in part through his activities with the Brotherhood of the Wordless.
As with his art, his earlier poetic works were greatly influenced by his traumatic experiences of abuse in a care facility and capture the raw pain and distress of that difficult time. But as self-expression, creativity and time have brought healing and renewal, we can also see a lighter side of Peter, especially his unique and sometimes quirky sense of humour.
Peter’s poems show both simplicity and depth, and great wisdom and insight, especially into life with a verbal disability.
The following is a selection of Peter’s poems, with brief explanations where appropriate. Enjoy!
Click the links below to read some of Peter’s Poems …
- The Angel In My Room
- I, too, am a Special Person
- Poems from ‘the Dark Days’
- Things That Hurt Us
- The Words Are Sticky
- The QWERTY board
- Holding Hands
- The Brotherhood of the Wordless
- How A Bush Christmas Should Be
- Being Alone
- Love Song
- Thwarted Desire
- After the Funeral
- I Am Growing
- The Lifetime Work
- Inside Your Dreams