Lessons in Physical Education
Lines of freshmen girls
intersect at the locker room door,
making way to second period Phys. Ed.
The class between geometry and English
serves as a lesson in measuring up…
of physiques and feats.
As bellbottoms and bodysuits fall to the floor,
my eyes search the perimeter,
hoping no one looks at parts I uncover.
My concepts of congruence
are thrown off balance when girls
as perfect as Breck girls flaunt by.
It’s impossible to stay on the same plane as others
in angles of comparisons and lack of confidence.
Still, we go out on the field
and try to score.
It wasn’t until years later when
I solved the equation—
No one wins this game.