Don't give me that look. You make me sick. Are you listening to me? A thirsty long-sleeved shirt licks private sweat. Bare-chested boys on their bikes call me freak and ride on by. I don't hear a word. Maybe I am retarded.
Don’t you want this fictional boy to stand? I do too. I hate to leave this piece for the Trifecta challenge at “retarded,” but it makes a good call to action. With school winding down, and summer heating up, please be vigilant with any kids who may be recipients of various abuses: physical, sexual, neglect or emotional. No kid should have to spend their summer in long-sleeved shirts to cover up bruises or burns. Report child abuse and neglect. Make their voice heard. US or Canada Child Abuse Hotline is 1-800-422-4453 in the UK: 0800 1111 and in Australia: 1-800-688-009