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  • For a quiet guy
    I talk a lot at school
    Some is talk
    Some is The Talk

    This year I did The Talk with the Grade 5 boys
    Your changing body
    The DVD had a catchy tune and they all sang along
    The big question was,
    If the mom eats beans will the baby fart.

    This wasn’t that talk.

    I had The Talk with middle school boys
    Sexual harassment
    From farts to fondling
    All in a year
    Life in the fast lane

    This wasn’t that talk

    I talked to the kids in grades 6 to 8 about being a writer
    (this is the talk)
    I remembered my early days
    The book I wrote in second grade
    20 pages, chapters, a book!
    Until I typed it and it fit on less than a page
    It’s not about volume I told them
    I shared the times I got no thank yous from publishers and agents
    And the time I got published and climbed a mountain to shout it out
    Highs and lows

    My first public work
    Teen team poetry
    Painted on a large rock along the Town Road on the island
    The first about a perennially pesky island issue

    They bark
    They growl
    They chase deer
    And they howl
    They leave their deposits
    And always return

    And then flush with our own wit
    We dared to aspire to social commentary

    Hurry, Hurry
    On down to the mail
    Talk about you
    And you
    Wonder what’s said
    About me

    The paint we used
    Matched my boat colors

    If you write it
    I told them
    You have to own it

    That was The Talk
    It made my year
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