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I'm No Billboard

Updated on December 4, 2013

I'm No Billboard

by A. Gagliardi

There’s no racial tiara grazing my head.

I wear no ethnic epitaph over my bed.

There’s no pressed-down-upon weighing heavy on me.

Rastafarian dreads don’t drape my shoulders.

My political choices aren’t for sale on my shirtfront or my car’s butt.

There’s no religious fervor I must share with every person I meet.

My FaceBook profile shouts no veneer -

nothing, really to keep you there.

I don’t have my own website with witty repartee,

No volumes of photos of my friends and me;

No links to the various causes I need to share.

I won’t advertise myself like some freaking billboard.

I don’t have the need to open my mouth

sideways and vomit the spillage of my youth.

It’s unnecessary to provide you with a convenient handle

so you can contain who I am

in a suitcase rendition of myself

and set me safely in some closet.

I don’t want you to say, "you’re one of them”

and look at me with that tone,

like you have me figured out,

then feel confident in yourself again.

I’m the elephant and you’re the blind ten -

thinking you got me pegged with your Braille survey.


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    • agaglia profile image

      agaglia 6 years ago


      Hi. thank you for your response. I did do a bit of contradicting there, didn't I? Well, I will think about if I meant it or not.

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      agaglia 8 years ago

      looking at this again, I still like and agree with the message. I would like to make the first few sentences a bit more lyrical. We'll see what the space of time brings to mind.

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      amyjosprague 8 years ago from

      this is really well written prose but in the end aren't you contradicting? or did you mean to be? EITher way, nicely done! good lyrical flow

    • agaglia profile image

      agaglia 8 years ago

      This is one of my first attempts at prose poetry. I am not sure if it is what the prose poetry intention is, but I am happy with it right now.