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Closeted Far Too Long

Now I emerge

Photo by Casper Folsing on Unsplash

Darkness. I see nothing, and yet I do. My eyes are closed, but still I watch the traffic coursing eastbound and westbound on Merrick Road. Beyond Merrick Road, the cattails and yellow, wheaty-looking weeds sway rhythmically in the breeze beside the inlet. I’m seated in the dentist’s chair. With my eyes closed, I continue to monitor the cars that go by.




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Jericho Turnpike

Jericho Turnpike

Former Air Force staff sergeant, learning disabilities specialist, high school assistant principal, special education director, and husband. Gay dad of three.

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