The story behind the poem

Mignot shares his insight, thoughts

MAGICAL. Kenta Mignot, writer of a poem turned song, enjoyed the way the song turned out. Mignot's poem is about his existence here on earth.

Kyoko Mignot

MAGICAL. Kenta Mignot, writer of a poem turned song, enjoyed the way the song turned out. Mignot's poem is about his existence here on earth. "I wrote about... my existence in this world... [the song] is magical," Kenta said.

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The Lynx Project’s Autism Advocacy Project performance took place at SHS on Sat., March 2.

Youth with Autism in the Cincinnati area wrote poems for this performance which were then composed and performed on Saturday.

Kenta Mignot, a seventh-grader at Sycamore Junior High, was one of the youth who had the opportunity to write a poem for the performance.

“…I wanted to write something that has nothing with Autism because I am just a regular boy who happens to have Autism.”

— Kenta Mignot

Kenta became involved in the project due to his friend being in the concert last year. This is the first year Kenta submitted a poem, which was communicated via letterboard. Other times, Kenta uses an iPad to communicate. 

Writing the poem was easy for Kenta. His topic was broad and impactful.

“…I wrote about the earth our home and I wrote about my existence in this world… I wanted to write something that has nothing with Autism because I am just a regular boy who happens to have Autism,” Kenta said.

Not many people have a work of art they created turned into song. Kenta is excited to be able to use the platform he has been given, and described the composed song as “magical.”

“I feel very excited because this is a new way for people to know us. I don’t like to talk about sadness and anger of having Autism. I like to celebrate the differences we all have in a creative way and Lynx Project does that…”

“…I like to say that this is not limited to Autism. It is about accepting the differences and promoting inclusion and equality,” Kenta said.

When it comes to Autism, Kenta admires basketball star Stephen Curry, who inspires him to “prove them wrong.”

“I think [Curry] is my role model. I like to prove them wrong about Autism and disability,” Kenta said.

To learn more about The Lynx Project, visit their website by clicking here or view our coverage here

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