The Odd Boy

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Weird

 “It’s weird not to be weird”—John Lennon

Stay away from him; he’s an odd one.
See how he stares, talks to himself?
Mom, I think he is lonely,
because he has no friends,
spends days with his dog.
I want to talk
to him, ask
why he’s

make fun
of his clothes;
I know he’s poor.
His door is never
open. He wears a key
on a chain. His parents work
long hours. Because he looks different
than others doesn’t mean he’s not sane.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to The Odd Boy

  1. oldegg says:

    It is a measure of a person to accept that we are all different and not be critical of others peculiarities. For all we know we may appear odd too!

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  2. Jae Rose says:

    The quote and the poem work beautifully together – made me think also how ‘grown-ups’ instil the sense of difference in us – and use such weighted judgements as weird and normal..i suspect such people grow up to define how absurd this is

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  3. If we’d just admit it we’re all different but the same. Your poem points out a child’s view of the problem Nice

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  4. Myrna Rosa says:

    Nice to capture such wholesome, kind thoughts of acceptance and caring. Wish we all thought that way.

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  5. gillena says:

    Luv the innocence of wanting “to talk to him to ask why he is sad”

    Much love…


  6. Sherry Marr says:

    “I think he is lonely.” How lovely, what a compassionate child.

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  7. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is such a deep & thoughtful poem 🙂

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  8. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Ah, a good reminder.

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  9. You’ve captured this boy so brilliantly, Sara. Part of me thinks he’s happy as can be…talking to his dog…wearing his key.


  10. gc1963 says:

    Sensitive portrayal


  11. Susan says:

    From the mouths of children–those who have not become bullies–comes the truth.

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  12. Amit Agarwal says:

    Absolutely beautiful!
    Profound and poignant!!


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