Boy With Autism Writes Emotional Poem That Goes Viral And Inspires People Across The World
A boy with Autism from New York was inspired after his teacher asked his class to write poems about themselves. The boy dug deep and expressed his true emotions about himself in his poem. Now, his words are impacting others all over the world.
A New Assignment
Benjamin Giroux, 10, and his classmates were given a special assignment by their teacher to write a poem. It couldn’t be just any poem, though. Every few sentences had to start with the words, “I am,” describing who they felt about themselves.
Benjamin usually didn’t express his emotions at all, least of all in words. However, for some reason, he really gravitated towards this assignment. After giving it some thought, he developed a poem that would soon move his teacher and millions of others.
Finding The Words
The boy put pen to paper and began thinking of who he is. “I am odd, I am new. I understand now that so are you,” part of the moving poem read. “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.”
When they read the poem, Benjamin’s parents instantly became emotional. “At first, we felt sad and hurt that he feels isolated, alone, misunderstood and odd at school,” Benjamin’s dad Sonny said in an interview. “As the poem went on, we realized that he understands that he’s odd and that so is everyone else in their own way, which is what Ben wants everyone to embrace.”
Moving The World
After his parents shared the poem online, it quickly went viral. In fact, the National Autism Association shared it on its Facebook page. It was shared over 40,000 times using the great hashtag #OddToo.
Benjamin has received awards for his work and his words were even used for a children’s book. He’s also received letters from people all over the world who were moved by the poem. Benjamin is also continuing to thrive in school and has moved on from writing to expressing himself through drawing and playing music.
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