Going with

At ten, his hair slicked back With styling mousse, Josh Lets me know he thinks he's going With a girl in his class, who called A friend, who called to ask. In front of the mirror the rest Of the evening he tries on ties -- Fat ones, thin ones -- his face Alight, practicing for the first time The complicated, conventional knot.

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