You wear a white shirt, grey slacks, and a plaid tie. A uniform of academic seriousness & middle class. You roll your sleeves up & unbutton your shirt at the neck. You feel there's little on the surface you choose. You are freest on your paper route, especially Sunday mornings weaving slowly from curb to curb, crossing the double yellow line. All four lanes yours. The city asleep. Inspired by Erika L. Sánchez's "The Poet at Fifteen", which was inspired by Larry Levis's "The Poet at Seventeen".