loser

You’re Chinese,
you’re fat,
you have big moon glasses,
you’re wearing a short sleeve
cotton shirt with big arm holes,
you have a 4 by 10 envelop
sticking out of your breast pocket
almost reaching your shoulder,
you also have a pen there,
you have a black camera bag
hanging off your neck,
its  straps are holding down
your open collar,
you’re sweating,
you’re forcing a smile
for the camera
inside an airport terminal,
you look like a total,
thoroughgoing,
died in the wool,
tried and true,
absolute,
100 percent,
UL-approved,
USDA grade A inspected,
unqualified
unconditional
unilateral,
outright,
down and dirty
nerd

a geek, a freak,
a loser

and, if anyone cares to look closer,
brilliant

c. 2001, 2008 Evan Gilling

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