How to be a Boyfriend
Be forced to play with your cousin's
Dolls. Rub little circles where Barbie
Is different from Ken.
Argue with yourself which
Is better: Legos or Mega Blox.
Hold your breath when your tobacco-stained
Neighbor wants to tell you about women.
See your sister naked
In the bath tub; wait
For the psychological
Scars to heal.
Learn that you hate potted meat.
Make the horrible, lung murdering
Mistake of sucking the foam off your
Large fountain grape soda.
Start shaving. Nick yourself;
Feel like a surgeon, scientific.
Have your first kiss. Later, think
About postage stamps while trying
To ignore her fingernails digging
Into your chest.
Order the lobster. Send back
That they gave you. Try
Find yourself going to the post office
Every week. Memorize the new
Postage with a smile.
Tell yourself it's normal.