Benjamin, a 10-year-old boy, was given a school assignment to write a poem titled “I Am,” where he was given the first two words of each sentence and asked to write in the rest. But the little boy’s poem was very different from everyone else’s because Benjamin has Aspergers.

The end result is not only a beautiful piece of writing, it’s an emotional view into the inherent alienation children who suffer from Autism face constantly, including feeling “like a boy from outer space.”

Benjamin’s mother shared his piece of writing on the National Autism Association Facebook page where it has been shared over 5,000 times. Read it in it’s entirety below:



In case you can’t read from the photo:

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.


Doesn’t it break your heart?



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