Every time I tell about abdl to a person who does now know about it, they get quite shocked, the majority of them. Instead of feeling altered by it, I should remember that I once was there too.
Once in time, I heard things quite strange,
Made me outraged, like feelings rearrange.
Adults playing as babies in the fray,
I couldn't grasp it, didn’t know what to say.
An adult like that? Oh, how absurd,
I didn't like it, my thoughts were stirred.
Confused and shocked, I couldn't see,
Why would you want that? It puzzled me.
I listened but couldn't quite believe,
It made me feel bad, hard to conceive.
Gobsmacked, surprised, no words to convey,
Just a puzzled "whaaat?" in dismay.
I didn't know what to say or feel,
Judgment around, like a heavy wheel.
Then I learned about you, your reasons and needs,
Playfulness, joy and planting new seeds.
It all felt so different, a change inside,
Embracing you, casting judgments aside.
Understanding grew, empathy too,
For who you are, and for me anew.
Now when others get outraged and shocked,
I say, "I get it, I once was so blocked.
I was there too, one day, you see,
But I've come a long way, and so can we."