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April 11, 2015

For the “Weird” Kid
Posted by Gabrielle Prendergast

Gabrielle Prendergast

You know who you are.
The kid who talks too much
Or too little.
The kid for whom words
Flick and flip like fish
Struggling upstream
The pink haired
Mismatched sneakered kid.
Yes, you
Pierced and pale
Or brown and silent
The one shrinking from the world
Or too loudly deconstructing it.
The one that makes the other kids
Roll their eyes
And sigh.
“Oh this again,” they mutter
As though they know you
Better than you know yourself.
This small offering is for you:
Look up
Through the stringy bangs
Over the tinted glasses
Across the jungle of classmates
Who tolerate you, begrudgingly
Because that’s the fashion now.
Take a look at me
The funny, round faced author
Rendered twitchy by hotel coffee
And nerves.
With my fishy words,
My oddly colored hair
The splotchy cardigan
Awkward shoes, granny glasses
And high school stories
Not very well disguised as fiction.
See how happy I am?

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