Autistic boy’s poem about Asperger’s goes viral

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PLATTSBURGH, NY (WCMH) —  A recent homework from 10-year-old Benjamin Giroux has gone viral for his touching and insightful look into Asperger’s.

According to WPTZ, Ben is like many boys his age. He likes Star Wars, Legos, and Minecraft. But Ben says he’s usually a loner at school.

But when Ben, who has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, was given homework to write an “I Am” poem for class, he created a masterpiece.

The poem reads:

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 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.

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The poem has gone viral, has been shared by the National Autism Association, and has been translated into 20 different languages.

“I’m almost touched by my own writing because I know that other people are so emotionally touched by it,” Ben told WPTZ.

Ben now plans on writing more poetry in the future.

“Now I’m trying to make a poem about how different other people are,” he said.What others are clicking on:

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