Ode to a Closet Robber

By , Oak Park, IL
You changed my life with two words,
Uttered quickly to another friend
In a quiet ballet class

You told him all he needed
To taunt me in class and the
Crowded hallways: there was no escape

“You’re just a stupid d***!” he shouted at me
While I was climbing the steep stairs,
Tears spurring out of my eyes

I never will understand your reasoning
For pushing me out of my closet
But I sure am glad you did it

If you hadn’t done it,
Who knows if I’d be where I am now
So for that, I thank you





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