High School and Walt Whitman


My knowledge of Walt Whitman

Shouldn't be a surprise.

I live in the town where he lived,

I go to a high school named after him.

Yet still,

I am one of few teenagers who knows more

Than that he was a poet.

Because let's face it,

The most you can get

The average high school kid

To say about Whitman is

"Wasn't he gay?"

Never mind the fact that he was brilliant.

If these kids know anything,

It's that he was gay.

And to them

That's reason enough

Not to look deeper into it.