Autistic Boy's Poem Got Everyone's Attention


Benjamin Giroux, 10, from Plattsburgh, New York, had to write a poem as part of his homework. He began writing and didn't look up until he was done. What he wrote had everyone at a loss for words.

Most kids would just rhyme a few words and call it a night. But Giroux decided to dig deeper for his assignment.

Giroux lives with Asperger's, a chemical imbalance in his brain. So he wanted the world to know what it was like to live with it.

Giroux's poem went viral and even got re-shared by the National Autism Association.

This is Benjamin's poem:

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 outerspace

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.

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