“Synaesthesia is a neurodevelopmental condition in which a sensation in one modality triggers a perception in a second modality.” Simon Baron-Cohen et al, 2013.
Tonight, the sound washed over me:
voices warm, harmonies so cool
I almost got goosebumps. Immersed
in sound like a mild whirlpool
jetting gently, I’d have floated
into sleep if not for the flutes
itching in my left ear, low brass
that bubbled and bounced on my arms.
The bass viols were furious
in the final section, rubbing
frantically raw, all up and down
the long sore strings, gloriously
irritated. I think they were
happy to be tuned so transformed.
Baron-Cohen S, Johnson D, Asher J, Wheelwright S, Fisher SE, Gregersen PK, Allison C. Is synaesthesia more common in autism? Molecular Autism 2013, 4:40.