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Poetry of Issue #8        Page 73

OUT OF TOWN

“Everybody’s Out of Town,”
a song B.J. Thomas sang
in spring 1970
when I was fifteen, wishing
everyone would leave our town,
including my family.
I thought that it would improve
with every house gone silent.

Instead, neighbors fought with each
other, gossip sang the hymns.
A gay boy, I didn’t fit
in a town with pink roses
and lavender mailboxes,
rainbows above garages.

  Kenneth Pobo