See Dick Run

See Dick run.
Run, Dick, run.

He’s not running away
from Jane, but toward Jack.

Jack runs too, leaving Jill behind,
and Dick is happy chasing him.

Run, Dick, run.

Jack is fast, but not too fast.
He wants Dick to catch him.

Dick is starting to catch up.
The grin on his face is huge.

Run, Dick, run.

Dick tackles Jack,
and they tumble in the grass.

They fall, breathing hard,
laughing, limbs entwined.

See Dick walk.
Walk, Dick, walk.

Dick and Jack walk up the hill.
They find a spot beside the well.

They sit together, and hold hands
where no one can see.

/ / /

This poem was written in response to the B 1 prompt at We Write Poems.

My first name is Richard, so I decided my alter ego would be called Dick. I have never been called Dick, as a nickname for my given name. I may have been called a dick, but I’m not sure about that. In fact, that’s how I first thought this poem was going to go; I thought of a guy named Dick, who was, well… a dick. But I just couldn’t go the obnoxious or sexist route.

Instead, I thought of the Dick and Jane readers. And, for some reason, the nursery rhyme pair of Jack and Jill popped into my head. I began toying with the idea of Dick and Jack being the pair. So, Dick became that person.  It occurred to me that the source material I was drawing from supported the heterosexual majority point of view and orientation, and that I would offer an alternative. This poem is me trying to show a little respect to all my gay, lesbian, and bisexual brothers and sisters out there.

I also had in mind two boys I knew many years ago, when they were second graders. They were best friends and thought nothing of holding hands when they walked out to recess together. Even at that age, other students had been acculturated to think it was wrong for boys to hold hands like that. I recall telling a girl who had said something disparaging about them that I didn’t see anything wrong with them holding hands. I have no idea what their sexual orientation was, is, or will be, but it doesn’t matter. There are sensitive boys out there, and there’s a lot right with them.

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7 thoughts on “See Dick Run

  1. Richard ~

    Somehow I ended up reading your end notes first. I’m so sleepy (I really need to go to bed!), that I can’t remember why! (Oh wait…I remember. I’d just read your comment on my “alter ego” post, so I was looking to see if this was written to the same prompt…) Anyway, I absolutely loved reading your notes!! I think especially with this prompt it’s interesting to know the process one went through to develop an alter ego and insert themselves into some well known event/scenario/movie/TV show/etc. I didn’t include mine on my post, but am so glad you did, on yours.

    Your effort of reinventing yourself and the unfolding of the story of Dick and Jack within such a familiar nursery rhyme setting was superb.

    Bravo, my friend!
    ~Paula

    • Paula, thanks. I typically don’t post process notes, or if I do, they are brief. But I really wanted to be understood on this one. I hope the poem works on its own without the process notes, but I wanted it to be seen as genuine, which it is, not ironic or snarky or condescending. As always, thanks for your kind and thoughtful replies.

      Richard

      • Yes, it most certainly DOES work without the notes! I enjoyed the notes strictly from the prompt standpoint. It was a multi-step prompt. It’s interesting to get a glimpse of what other writers go through to get to the end product.

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