A 10-year-old boy with autism has made his teacher lost for words after she read the heartwrenching poem that he wrote in class.
Benjamin Giroux was given a school assignment which involved him having to compose a ballad, but never did his teacher expected him to write such an emotional piece.
As opposed to most students his age, Benjamin didn’t stick to a simple poem in which each line had a rhyming word. Instead, he poured his whole heart and soul into a piece of work that would get across the feelings he found so difficult to express.
Benjamin felt that people did not quite understand how difficult it was to be living with Aspergers and a mental imbalance, therefore he put this frustration into words.
Benjamin from Plattsburgh, New York, has Asperger’s which means he has a chemical imbalance. This means social interaction and non-verbal communication can be much more difficult for Benjamin to comprehend.
The teacher set the assignment ‘I Am’, which involved starting the ballad with this line and the remainder was left up to the students.
Benjamin’s father, Sonny Giroux, told TODAY: “When we ask him how his day went when he gets home from school, we don’t get much more than a one-word answer.”
Despite this, Benjamin appeared to be much more enthusiastic about this latest assignment. When he arrived home from school, he reportedly sat down at the kitchen table and didn’t look up until he had completed the poem.
Benjamin then shared his homework with his parents and teachers, who were completely lost for words at what they then read.
Below is the poem Benjamin submitted for his school assignment:
“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.”
The praise for Benjamin’s poem didn’t end at his parents and teachers, the poem eventually went viral which then caught the attention of the National Autism Association, who decided to share it with others.
What an inspirational young boy!
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