If we were to see Love as the infinite power and creative spirit behind all existence,
If we were able to see, hear and touch all that Love expresses as Love interacts with our children with Down syndrome, I think the poem would go something like this
Love counts chromosomes
Love sees us all as we are.
Love gazes at tilted eyes flecked with stars
Loves counts the chromosomes that created these.
Love sighs happily
Love tenderly regards the flexibility of limb, the petite stature
Love counts the chromosome behind them and Love smiles
Love sees curled ears,
Love is pleased.
Love reflects on the space between toes
That space that is an expression of the extra chromosome
And Love nods.
Love sees a nose, low-bridged and small;
Love hears, feels and understands all expression.
And Love values the myriad of ways in which we all learn and experience our lives
Love knows who we are.
Love accepts us.
Love knit our chromosomes in all of our bodies and Love views them as perfect, as they should be, expressions of universal diversity and beauty in the world.
Love holds all in Her gaze,
Love fills each of our hearts and connects us.
Love counts chromosomes – Love counted each and every one.
And loved them.
Many thanks to all who contributed their photos to this love song:
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.