Special Education, 1976
by Johnson Cheu

    The school therapist takes me out
    to the boys bathroom.
    "Today, we will learn to wipe ourselves."
    Trousers shucked,
    leg braces, buttocks bared,
    she spreads peanut butter
    on my butt, orders me to begin.
    I take right hand to right
    buttock, stroking.
    Left hand doesn't turn,
    can't do.
    She finishes, suggests I practice,
    pretending cure is possible.
    I walk back to class dirty.

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