Terrance Hayes


On the first morning of school there is a young tree-
frog waiting patiently at the front gate.
Since this means there will be no classes for the rest
of the day, the children dump their school gear
in their lockers & hustle to the windows to stare.
The girls are eager to transform him with a kiss; the boys eager
to see him on the basketball court. But their principal greets
him with a "Get the Hell out of here!" A security guard fetches the tear-
gas. Some of the older teachers crowd in the doorway like befuddled geese.
"You belong in our swamps not our schools!" they rage.
But clearly the cool-blooded Amphibian-American does not agree.

Terrance Hayes, Hip Logic, Penguin Books, 2002.