An Ode to Verticality

I have made myself literally (yes I know what it means and yes I actually am) laugh aloud. This is a piece I wrote in 2009 when attending a creative writing class at the local community centre. I love finding these old pieces. It helps me to remember that when I wrote regularly, I wrote better. Deadlines are good for that. To friends out there that share my shorter stature…this is for you.

 

 

 

In High School I was known as

“Short Ass”, Shorty or worse

My lack of verticality

Definitely a curse.

 

 

Oh to be taller

Oh wouldn’t I give it all

Imagine what I could achieve

If only I were tall.

 

School photos were a nightmare

“Shortest to the front”

And so I’d sit down again

With an unimpressed grunt.

 

At concerts, assemblies and fights in the yard

I could never get a view

If you were this close to the ground

You’d be grumpy too!

 

And why re all the useful things

Put on a higher shelf?

Oh how I wished for platform shoes

So I could reach them for myself.

 

Oh to be taller

Oh wouldn’t I give it all

Imagine what I could achieve

If only I were tall.

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