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Public Speaking

From: Community Literacy Journal
Volume 8, Issue 1, Fall 2013
pp. 91-92 | 10.1353/clj.2013.0012

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You want to know why there aren't
more cute girls in speech class

and I feel like I should offer a history
lesson on the objectification of women, or

suggest more attention be paid
to your grades, which are miserably sore.

Instead, I'm reminded of the boy
from this morning's commute

how he model-walked his freedom
down that thread of a bus aisle

in his bright purples and pinks, and who
like you girl, is confident in youth

and a young sexuality in a world
hesitantly unraveling itself towards

progress while still clinging to the easy
pronunciation of words like:

bull-dagger, faggot, sissy and dyke.

A world never safe when one brick
inches itself away, how the rest

of the wall fears more will follow
and the institution come tumbling down.

Next week you will visit again, this

time with a pretty girl on your arm
and while the office workers avert

their eyes to this unsealed romance
we will talk class and grades and plans

for spring break. And as you leave
the office with your hand in unison

with the hand of the woman you're with
you will never hear the words lurking

silent behind averted eyes.
You will never get to see my ever so

discreet, but proud smile, tight like
some kind of fist raised in the air.

Copyright © 2013 Community Literacy Journal
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PB - Community Literacy Journal
SN - 2162-6324
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