We live in an allegedly modern world in which sensibility would ideally have found its place in our lives, our psyche and our thought processes.
But it is unfortunate to say that there are more avoidable incidents in which people are insensitive to others simply because they are different or “strange”. Disorders like autism remain a mystery to many people.
Honestly, it is pretty crazy, since we live in the golden age of the internet where the information we need is just about a click away.
With that being said, allow me to tell you the story of a little author Benjamin Giroux. He is a resident of Plattsburgh, New York.
When asked to write a poem about himself in school, he very poignantly expressed himself through a beautiful poem about his autism. He begins the poem by saying “I am” and establishing his being, and it must be noted what a daring step it is! Take control of your story and make it hard! As Hannan Gadsby once said, “I have to tell my story correctly,” as Benjamin did.
Living with autism is anything but easy and that shines through his heartwarming poem. Benjamin’s teacher and parents mentioned that, although he is not the most expressive boy, he did not stop by his autism when he found the opportunity to truly assimilate on paper.
Here is his poem:
“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.”
His poem has been received with love and understanding all over the world. The National Autism Association made a post featuring little Benjamin’s poem on their page as well and since then it has gone viral.