‘I am odd, I am new’
by Deepa Lakshmin
Benjamin had a simple school assignment: Write a poem with the title “I Am.” He nailed it and then some.
The 10-year-old lives with Asperger syndrome, a “high functioning” autism spectrum disorder. He penned a beautifully honest piece about his daily life experiences.
“I hear voices in the air,” he wrote, “I see you don’t, and that’s not fair.”
A mother writes, “My 10 year old son with Aspergers was asked to write a poem for school titled ‘I Am’ he was given the first 2 words in every sentence. This is what he wrote…”
(You did an excellent job, Benjamin! You fit right in with us because we’re #oddtoo.)
Benjamin’s mother shared his work with the National Autism Association, which posted his poem on its Facebook page earlier this month. Since then, it’s been shared over 22,000 times and racked up over 31,000 reactions. Clearly Benjamin’s words have resonated with a lot of people.
Please SHARE Benjamin’s Poem With Everyone You Know – Thank You.