A Squeaky Voice

I tried to tell you I wasn’t
young enough to know
a squeaky voice signified
exasperation with something
more commonly attributed
to the rigors of puberty.
Just look at that kid
on the video screen.
He doesn’t know what will happen
next, much less that years
later I would look
at his performance and cringe
at the thought of owning
a piece of this history. Luckily
now I can simply press stop
and put an end to this charade.
You think he doesn’t know that?
Watch him turn his back
to the camera to speak with someone
obscured by his body.

By Joshua Keiter

reader, writer, actor, singer, teacher