Date: November 22nd, 2013

The Boys in the Bushes

by Sonya Sones

On Her Way: Stories and Poems About Growing Up GirlEveryday
on the way home from school
as we pass through the gate,
all the boys in our class
who have crushes on us
lie in wait.

Then they suddenly
leap from the bushes
and give us a bop.
And the strangest part is
that I feel kind of sad
when they stop.

And the other weird thing
is that when a boy
likes me the best,
he will usually
hit me much harder
than all of the rest.

I would sure like to hear
someone try to
explain to me why.
Is there anyone
reading this poem
who will give it a try?

Copyright © 2004 Sonya Sones. From the book On Her Way: Stories and Poems About Growing Up Girl. Dutton Juvenile. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About The Author

Children's Author Sonya Sones

Sonya Sones has written five YA novels-in-verse: Stop Pretending, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, its companion, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, and To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story which was released in August, along with The Sonya Sones Collection, a three book set.

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