Showdown

 

Written by Andrea Janov

 

I watch him 

as the security guard 

shouts in his face.

I watch him

lean   even   closer

A hug, 

I was giving 

my friend

 a hug.

     Officer Rent-A-Cop 

     doesn’t back away 

            stares back into 

     Mark’s slate blue eyes.

A boy 

hugging another boy? 

That just ain’t right.

                                    He has a drawl 

I didn’t know we cultivated

in Pennsylvania.        Maybe he learned 

it at mall cop night school. 

 

We

stand in a semi circle 

behind Mark   :

              anxious

knowing he won’t

                        back down. 

 

Homophobic

piece of shit

                    Mark mumbles.

What did you say to me,

boy?

I   called   you,

a   homophobic

piece   of   shit.

 

Justin steps toward Officer Rent-A-Cop

Mandy yanks him back

                              Stop.

                                    Officer Rent-A-Cop spins around

                   stares at Justin then Mandy

                               You rainbow colored 

then to Dave then to me        tattooed freaks 

              Sharon, to Kevin, to Hughes,                   have anything to add?

         to Steph, to Jaime, to Jibo, to Chris.     

                                                                               I didn’t think so.

 

Text © Andrea Janov

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