“I am odd, I am new,” Boy with Asperger’s writes touching poem about his life

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NEW YORK – A 10-year-old boy, who has Asperger’s syndrome, recently wrote a touching poem that gives an inside look into his life.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Benjamin Giroux was asked to write a poem about himself, beginning every few sentences with “I am.”

His mother shared the poem with the National Autism Association, who then posted it to their Facebook page.

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 that’s okay

I try to fit in

I hope that someday I do

I am odd, I am new.

Giroux’s father told TODAY.com that the poem was very touching, especially because their son doesn’t usually express much emotion.

“At first, we felt sad and hurt that he feels isolated, alone, misunderstood and odd at school,” Sonny Giroux, Benjamin’s father, told TODAY.com. “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.”

The boy’s father says he was supposed to read his poem to the class, but his anxiety took over and he ended up staying home.

Giroux’s poem has gone viral, receiving more than 18,000 shares on Facebook.