Carlos

Tara Lingeman
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Poems
3 min readApr 16, 2024

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Part I
You looked so Detroit
that day at the Metropark
in your heavy black Dickies outfit
buttoned only at the top,
revealing white wife beater underneath
and chain wallet secured at your hip.
Your black hair falling
thick and damp
over hooded eyes.
There would be no frolicking
in sunlight for you,
no splashing in wave pools
or spiking volleyballs
across nets.
A class picnic does not
have the power to change
your shape,
to alter this calculated
hardness
and reveal boyhood…

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Tara Lingeman
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Poems

Seeker, Lover of Stories, Writer, and Teacher. Author of a memoir about searching and finding and a novel, Salamandra. Find both @ https://linktr.ee/taraling.