Working with a group in his English class,
he represents the American male ideal,
blond but not too blond, handsome
but not like a Hollywood star,
in red-plaid shirt, faded jeans,
red classic canvas sneakers.
shows white teeth when he smiles,
furrows brow when he laughs.
An open face, an open manner,
a touch of bravado that masks
a lurking anonymous fear.
T. Allen Culpepper