national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

It’s My Turn, Frank O’Hara

David Scofield  • 
Brown University

From a young age I was naïve
enough to know I was a genius.
All the bored wealthy mothers
Of my friends begged me to ski.

 

The girls kissed me on
the playground, they kissed me
in the classroom. As good pilgrims
do I ran away and laughed.

 

The future spoke to me, it wore
a head of straight blonde hair, it said,
“no one sees a Friday coming
like you see a Friday coming.”

 

How did I get so humble now?
I played pigeon-toed
beneath a big tree, often.
What an artist!