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10-Year-Old With Autism Writes Poem For Homework, His Teacher Is Lost For Words

By - 15th February 2019

Poetry is an art form that no doubt has the ability to move us and touch many different emotions. Some may make us laugh, others cry or leave us speechless. Some poems can do this with ease, and when 10-year-old Benjamin Giroux showcased his poem for class, it wasn’t long before the tears started to flow.

What’s most surprising about this story, however, is that Benjamin has autism,  and the poem was written as part of his homework assignment. Benjamin put a lot of thought into his poem and rather just writing something that rhymed, he poured his heart out explaining what it was like to live with autism. You can read the emotional and heartfelt poem below.

I am odd, I am new

I wonder if you are too

I hear voices in the air

I see you don’t, and that’s not fair

I want to not feel blue

I am odd, I am new

I pretend that you are too

I feel like a boy in outer space

I touch the stars and feel out of place

I worry what others might think

I cry when people laugh, it makes me shrink

I am odd, I am new

I understand now that so are you

I say I “feel like a castaway”

I dream of a day that that’s okay

I try to fit in

I hope that someday I do

I am odd, I am new.

He always felt that he was different from the other kids at school and his poem’ I am’ perfectly describes the emotions he feels on a day to day basis. It was in fact, so good that even the National Autism Association highlighted and shared it with others.

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