artwork: robin chapman
by Robin Chapman
At ten, his hair slicked back
With styling mousse, Josh
Let's us know he thinks he's going
With a girl in his class, who called
A friend, who called to ask.
In front of the mirror the rest
Of the evening he tries on ties—
Fat ones, thin ones—his face
Alight, practicing for the first time
The complicated, conventional knot.
~ first published in The Christian Science Monitor