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10-Year-Old Boy With Autism Writes Poem That Is Going Viral and Spreading Big Emotions

17 Apr , 2016  

The National Autism Association recently shared a poem by a 10-year-old boy living with autism spectrum disorder on its Facebook page. It’s making a lot of people very emotional.

The boy – Benjamin – received an assignment to write a poem using sentences beginning with “I am.”

Here’s the complete text of the 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 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 thats okay
I try to fit in
I hope that someday I do
I am odd, I am new.

The comments are full of people with very emotional and supportive responses.

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