Two Mothers all alone in a Sandbox

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Two Mothers all alone in a Sandbox

We sit -unidentified allies.
Two mothers in a sandbox.
She with a child missing arms
and me with you
different in your own way.
We understand each other she and I
but we speak only of inconsequential things-
trying to mislead God into believing
that we no longer mind.
We are cast away alone.
Away from the chosen.
Silently becoming children ourselves.
Listeners of the wind.
Friends of no one.
Sitting silently in a circle sifting sand.
Survivors in an undeclared war.


Sandy Rochelle is an award winning poet-actress and filmmaker. Her poems have been influenced be her son, David, who is autistic and deaf. Publication include: Formidable Woman, Visions International, Ekphrastic Review, Writing in a Woman's Voice, and others.Sandy is the recipient of the Autism Society of America's Literary Achievement Award, The World Peace Prayer Society Poetry Prize, and she has been named New York State: ''Mother of the Year.''


  1. This beautiful poem brought tears to my eyes watching with my mind’s eye the parents of these children. Feeling the love the parents’ have for their children and at the same time the pain of exclusion and hurt. I hope to see more from this poet.

  2. What a beautiful poem describing the love, isolation, hurt, and determination of loving one’s own child who is born different. We need more voices to speak out. Just lovely

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