“I’m A Big Guy”
I didn’t mean to startle you,
The elevator doors opened,
and there I was,
And there you were.
Then I startled,
because your startle startled me.
We both laugh.
You laugh because you realize that it’s only me,
And not some other Ne’er-do-well.
And I laugh, because I’m uncomfortable by your reaction.
And I’m not supposed to be sensitive,
And I’m supposed to be chivalrous,
And I’m supposed to afford compassion,
Because walking around in this world a lot of the time is dangerous for women.
Especially, when Ne’er-do-wells often harm.
No, I get it.
I suppose that I too,
if I were you.
If the elevator doors opened,
And a mound of man was in that space.
I’m sorry that you have to live with that possibility of terror.
On a human level I understand,
And wish it weren’t so.
It would be great if we could just be people waiting for doors to open,
And not be startled by what is behind them when they finally do.
Published by Christopher Hickey
Welcome to my effort. Yes, as a great procrastinator, it requires great effort to stay focused on something productive that matters to me. I’ll find any old excuse to traipse from project to project, and I rarely end up at the place I started. I find this maddening, and exhaustive. So it is with high hopes, and a greater grasp of self-awareness, that I embark upon staying the course so to speak.
I enjoy writing. Be it blogs, fiction, poetry, etc. I love the craft and the act of creation, the art in and of itself, for it’s own sake and end. I am happy to be able to do it.
Born: March 1974
St.Francis de Sales, Charlestown MA
Don Bosco Technical High School, Boston MA
University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Lowell MA
Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown MA
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
North Virginia Community College, Arlington VA
Harvard Extension School, Cambridge MA
Place of residence: Somewhere in the land of metro Boston. It’s vaguely familiar and becoming home more and more by the day, but when you come from “The Town” all else fails by comparison.
Favorite Color: I’m partial to all forms of blue.
Favorite Author: c’mon! don’t expect me to answer that, there are too many.
I enjoy memories of playing 80’s Atari better than playing any advanced gaming system that exists today.
Hope to be recognized for my paper clip collection. As well as my 27 rejected applications to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailiey Clown college.
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