Pecking Order

Back in college
– so just a few years ago –
I was part of a committee
where the leader asked for volunteers
to shuttle people
by Chevy
into the town.
One girl
proudly raised her hand.

“I would,” she said,
“but I don’t know how to drive.”

A hush fell over the room
as we all sat
stunned and sad
that we would never
ever see those three seconds
so completely wasted
ever return to us
ever.

“Thanks,” the leader said
moving on to actually useful topics.
I couldn’t ever look
at that functionally retarded girl
without utter disdain
again.

She’s a VP now
for a respected corporation
and I
am very
very tired.

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