This Autistic Child’s Poem Will Bring You To Tears

If only we could look into his beautiful mind

Growing up is difficult in a school full of clicks, clans and judgement.

Children who aren’t raised to accept others with open arms tend to mock those who are different, making childhood and adolescence feel like never-ending years of torture and stress for children who have disabilities or are underprivileged.

For 10-year-old Benjamin, who has Asperger’s, fitting in socially isn’t easy at all.

Recently, he received an assignment from his teacher, to write a poem starting with “I am”.

He received the first two words of each sentence, and his completions will leave you broken-hearted and in awe of his talented expression:

In the poem he writes:

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 post, which was posted by the National Autism Association, went viral and drove thousands of positive responses from people who shared their feelings of empathy with the boy, and appreciation of his creativity.

Many point out that his feelings can be shared not only be people with mental disorders, but anyone who feels lonely and different.

The poem reminds us how critical it is that we accept our peers without prejudice, and try to incorporate even the most “strange” and unique people into our circles.

We may be surprised – and get the chance to meet incredible people who otherwise would be hidden in a corner, ignored by the rest of us.

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