It’s a major mistake
not to be curious.
I look at the bald principal.
He walks down the hallways, quickly
like he has someplace to go.
He wears suits and jeans to work
with school spirit t-shirts.
He listens to stringy-haired moms
who talk about their kids with ADHD, like he cares
He gives many non-committal grunts.
He has become his job (you know how I know?)
because when I was in middle school, my principal acted just like him.
The professions are an actor’s club
There is nobody original, who lasts very long.
When a parent makes their demands, he listens.
It comes with the job.
That is the opposite of power—
acting like somebody else.
Done long enough, you don’t know who you are
or worse, you know who you are
but you can never express that in public.