Thank you five,
thank you places—
don’t break curtain,
crack that imaginative fourth wall
where the boys must be chasing you;
aren’t they lining up at your door?
but your girlfriend is “too young” to know—
“Jessica, don’t be like your aunt”:
the gay one;
“and don’t forget your cousins all thought this
when they were your age”
but now they have husbands;
so follow their path their guide;
“Don’t let your Poppop know”
because if I did, I would no longer be
his favorite grandchild.
Honesty is the best policy
except when it comes to yourself—
“you represent our family”
but you can’t represent yourself.