My first blog. I give the web address out. I check out my blog. In the comments: You know what ‘the birds and the bees’ mean?
For my college art class I am to research an artist. I go to the college’s library. There’s a woman who photographs her own children in nature. I start to think about what this means. “Child pornography!” the guy gawking at my screen loudly said. I see my hands. I blush. He did not get my number.
In Poland at an English immersion summer camp for teens, there is a talent show. One group performs a skit where they are the Power Rangers. Morphing time came and one youth intertwines his hands together and thrust them out to his waist. We all expect him to say, “Go, Go, Power Ranger! Morph!” But no, instead he proclaims, “Masturbation!” Most of the camp laughs.
I work at a laundromat. I start to fold. I fold the briefs first. My cheeks a bit warm. I hope he’s not looking at me. Her underwear, I fold next. Keep folding pants. Tossing socks to the side. This, it’s laborious . Sometimes they tip. I’m not use to this physical exhaustion. I wish it was mandatory to tip. I remind myself: I like her, my boss, before continuing folding the next shirt. Focusing on the prints that are similar to my underwear he last saw me in and singing a tune I came up with for this moment, even though I hope no one hears me.
A reader, in the corner, not even reading poetry. No. Reading Ben Tanzer’s short fiction, Sex and Death. A library patron, on the computer, looking up the press, Hostile Books, on Tumblr. They have the hand-made book, NO in their hands when their computer screen advises it is unaccessible because it is categorized as porn. You are thinking: why does this sound like fiction? That’s so naughty. Not you! You! Reading me. Yes! You are naughty!
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Rachel L. Johnson, born in Buffalo, raised in a multicultural home, traveled abroad. Studied at Buffalo State; participated in Rooftop Poetry Club. Moved to Hawaii and stayed 4 years. After moving back, designed hand-made chapbook: Leaving Home, Talk Story. Founded Buffalo State Writer's Network and organized In the Wildflowers Field.