Bullies Are a Mess by Louie Crew

Bullies are a mess.

It is nice when you can beat them on their own terms. Back in 1974, a tough-looking student whom I did not know sat down at a table where I was grading compositions in the student center at Fort Valley State University. With a muffled growl he leaned towards me and said, “Faggot!” Then he moved as if to depart, but I beat him to the draw.

On leaving, I threw my head back and my hands into the air, and said very loudly, “Five dollars!? I wouldn’t do that for you for $500!”

He was hard put to explain to the dozens laughing nearby what he had said to me, and I never saw him again.

About the Author:

Louie Crew, 75, is an Alabama native and an emeritus professor at Rutgers.  He lives in East Orange, NJ, with Ernest Clay, his husband of 38 years. Editors have published 2,217 of Crew’s poems and essays. See more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_Crew