The Fourth Wall


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?

“We know”,

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.


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