In high school Dulcet Tones crushes
on his science lab partner, Gil,
a kid with hairy legs and a good head
for science. Dulcet prefers English—
and even then he's picky.
Mythology? Yes. Shakespeare? No.
Gil does all the work and Dulcet gets half
the credit. He imagines kissing Gil
as they work on an exercise
in their For Home, Desk, And Lab book,
tragic pages full of horrible problems.
Gil would never kiss another boy.
Or so he says
when Dulcet, matter of factly, says
I'd like to kiss you. They never see
each other after science ends.
Gil majors in Bio, finds a girlfriend.
Dulcet has a kiss growing inside him
that's ready to explode,
his lip buds ready to bloom.
Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections. Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), and Uneven Steven (Assure Press). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions. Lavender Fire, Lavender Rose is forthcoming from Brick/House Books.
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