Poemdog

Dogs 2019

NERD HERO
(3/14/19)


I've watched
the kid
across the street
grow up
over the
years

he went
from a skinny
bespectacled
youth

much
as I was

to kind
of a plump

clumsy

pasty complexioned
teenager

quite often
wearing
a backwards
baseball
cap

just
a punk
white boy

again
much
as I was

well

never really
plump

one day
he showed
up
with a girl

who looked
more a
woman

a stripper

a porn star

a cheerleader
from the set
of "Smells Like
Teen Spirit"

I was
impressed

I was
shocked
really

how
did he pull
this off?

she seemed
like some
older sister

or young
aunt

leading
him around
by the
hand

a year
or two later
she is still
with him

they
are apparently
a close
couple

she still
looks
five

possibly
more years
older
than him

and built
like she was meant
for something
quite different

than a young
innocent
neighborhood
romance

he obviously
knows something
that I
never knew

that I
still
don't know

or maybe
just knows
someone
that I
never
have