Kabir – a talented young creative friend on the autism spectrum has written a poem which was shared for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020.
Interfaith Poem by Kabir (aged 8)
I sometimes feel down like a dog without it’s bone
Or a tree without its leaves,
Because the work is too hard for me
It’s difficult for me to write
It’s difficult for me to draw
It’s difficult for me to colour in something I adore
I feel uncertain like a throw of a dice, that I might do something unwise
But when I say a prayer, this weight that’s on my back
Lifts off like a plane and I can begin to try again
I love saying “thy kingdom come, thy will be done”
I feel joy saying “Ek Ong kar, Satnam”
I feel peace with “Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah”
And I love ending with “Kufuwan ahadun”
My prayers keep me strong
And my prayers keep me wise
My prayers are my friends and
My prayers lift me up like a song
My heart sings with Allah, my heart sings with Jesus
My heart sings with Shiva, my heart sings with Waheguru
My heart sings with all the names and forms of God, I adore each and everyone.
Here is a video of Kabir reciting prayers from four different religions. Can you guess what they are?