Larry’s Turning Point

the teachers called larry slow
kids were not so kind
to them, he was the village idiot
from the other side of the tracks

as a special education student
larry was stigmatized, ridiculed, teased
and treated as less than everybody else
though the butt of other boys’ jokes, larry played along
wanting attention, of any kind, from his classmates

teachers and the principal tried their best
to stop the boys’ malicious pranks
they were given detention
notes were sent home to their parents
nothing stopped them

sometimes problems solve themselves
that happened in larry’s case
one day, during morning recess
the boys convinced larry to remove his clothes
and run naked through the hallway

kids flooded the area
laughing hysterically, as larry emerged from the restroom
and began his first streak
he forced a smile
but his embarassment was obvious

then it happened
larry suddenly turned around, facing the boys
their laughter stopped abruptly
as they beheld, by far, the largest penis
any of them had ever seen in their lives
bigger even than their fathers’

the principal rushed to larry’s aid
covering him with his suitcoat
larry seemed grateful for the help
but pleaded with the boys to keep laughing
their laughter made him feel a part of them

after the streaking incident
the boys’ pranks and teasing stopped immediately
and for some reason
the girls suddenly took a liking to larry

Note: True story from my childhood. Names changed
to protect the innocent. Ok, I embellished just a little.

Author: Don Iannone, D.Div.

Biography Photographer, poet, teacher, complementary medicine provider, interfaith minister, and former economic developer. Holds a Doctorate in Divinity, Master of Divinity, Master of Mind-Body Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Clinical certifications in Reiki, guided meditation, life purpose coaching, and spiritual counseling.  Author of 12 books, including two new books in the contemporary spirituality field. Learn more here. Contact Information Contact Don Iannone by email:

14 thoughts on “Larry’s Turning Point”

  1. Gautami: Thanks. I am sure you have. Tragic, but humor to be found in the outcome. Larry actually got on with his life from what I understand.

  2. Well told indeed… its so sad ….really sad, that at times children prank to othercan lead to such pain and aches to another …

  3. Dan: Thanks. No, you are!!! Don’t tell anybody. I’ll fill ya in sometime by phone.

    Polona: Thanks. Indeed both funny and serious. Larry was a special guy. I wonder what he is doing today.

    Z: Thanks. Good having you back. All of the above, you’re right. How are things with you?

  4. Aurora: Thanks. Yep. True enough. You had to be there to appreciate the whole situation. It was a turning point indeed.

    Andrew: I hope you do not. Thanks

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