If it wasn't for Daniel Calhoun
I would have gotten that part in the
Middle School Fall Play when I was
in eighth grade.
But Daniel's someone you forgive easily,
Just because he's Daniel and I've known the boy for nine years,
And anyway, Daniel kind of comes with a get-off free gene.
He also seems to have come with a blush-easily gene,
Because his face is tomato-red half the school day.
I guess that's okay too, because it's
Kind of funny.
Some find it annoying how he can't stop laughing at times,
But I can't help but find it hopeful- like his open,
Laughing mouth, squinty eyes and bright red blush
Paints a picture with the caption,
'Here is a kid who still wears his emotions on his sleeve-
Here is a kid who cannot stop laughing.'
In History class we read in Monotone the Constitution.
When it gets to Daniel, he clears his throat,
Puffs his chest and speaks in
Daniel is the typical private school guy.
He volunteers most weekends, has a well-off family, always says,
"Yep, I'm going down to my house boat this weekend."
When I tell him I've never been on a houseboat,
He tells me, "I'd invite you down but I really
Don't like you that much."
That's another thing I like about Daniel.
And he doesn't cuss.
When Daniel says 'fuck',
The world will end.
He laughs at jokes even when they aren't funny,
And asks me why I like the rain so much.
When I explain, he nods and says he understands,
But his hair stays as bright as the sun, and his eyes
As blue as the sky.
But Daniel hurt his shoulder playing football and
Had to have a surgery to get it working properly again.
Even after that, he had to take physical therapy
During play practice,
So I got the part.
But it tasted as bitter as the
Glass of pure lemon juice he once dared me to drink.