“I Am,” a Poem by a 10-Year-Old Boy With Autism, Is Going Viral and Spreading Big Emotions

Poetry class in elementary school just got a lot more real. 

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

Source: Facebook

The boy, Benjamin, received an assignment to write a poem using sentences beginning with the words "I am." 

His poem reads as follows: 

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.

People in the comments have given some very emotional and supportive responses:

Source: Facebook

Benjamin's poem gives insight as to what it's like to live with autism, which affects 1 in 68 kids nationwide. In October 2015, Sesame Street introduced an autistic character living, Julia, to help children, both with and without autism, to better understand autistic behavior. 

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