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Leroy is a Late Bloomer

by Barry Louis Polisar

Leroy is a late bloomer, he's not like the other boys.
He doesn't like to go outside and he doesn't play with toys.
He doesn't like girls, he doesn't like sports, he doesn't even like TV
He likes to lay around all day and he doesn't even like me.

"Leroy is a late bloomer." That's what his mother will say.
"There's nothing wrong with Leroy. He'll find himself someday."
Leroy doesn't go out at all; he sits in his room alone.
His thoughts are kept well hidden. His secrets are unknown.

Leroy is a late bloomer. Some kids are that way.
His father doesn't seem to mind. "Don't push him," he will say.
"Leroy's going through a stage. You just have to give him time."
But how much time does one boy need. He's already thirty-nine.

Copyright by Barry Louis Polisar