Hilary Sideris

The Training

We rated ourselves on a scale
of one to five on how often
we asked for the person in
charge, found flesh-colored
blemish cover that matched
ours, how often we waited
in long lines, called the cops
or had them called on us,
then stood against the window-
less room’s walls holding our
numbers to our chests, highest
to lowest in a U-shaped line,
us facing them & all those ugly
chairs & tables in between.

Hilary Sideris is the author of Animals in English, poems in the voice of Temple Grandin, from Dos Madres Press.