I'm So Fine

I'm So Fine

I MET MARCUS CHONG ON THE 105 BUS METHOD ACTING I was going home in a flowered dress after work I worked at Fatburger I was 18 & I think he was twice that I had my uniform in my backpack with my Statistics homework & Woman Warrior I recognized him & said I liked Panther (this was way before The Matrix) he asked for my number we talked on the phone he came to visit me on his bike since he didn’t live far from my job & ordered a veggie burger I had a lemonade on my 15-minute break in my black Fatburger outfit & ugly foodservice shoes he asked me on a date I said yes he called with the plan I said I thought we were going somewhere but he wanted to make me dinner at his house I said No I don’t know you well enough to go to your house he got angry The End




 

I MET CUBA GOODING JR. AT THE BEVERLY CENTER FOOD COURT I was 16 Boyz N the Hood had just come out & my best friend Tiffany dared me to ask if I could hug him he said I was beautiful & seemed really happy to get that hug but I brown-blushed nervously & he sat a few booths away with his friend & veggie slices from Sbarro & smiled a lot I wore Tiff’s Kente cloth bomber jacket & red lipstick I had perfect skin & didn’t drink carbonated beverages




 

 

THE BEVERLY CENTER FOOD COURT IS ALSO WHERE I MET DEVANTE’S BROTHER FROM JODECI I forgot his name but we didn’t really meet he was just looking at my eyes then looking at my ass as I kept walking I really liked red lipstick back then I got it that day with my saved allowance at Rexall across the street a blue-red in a gold case & we both had on white jeans I was 17 & I remember it was summer




 

DAVE CHAPPELLE ALSO LOOKED AT MY ASS & he also said Daaaaaaaaaaaamn we were in the frozen food section at Ralph’s in North Hollywood & I half-smiled I was wearing my favorite old Levis with the hole at the left side belt loop & had just moved back to L.A. with my two-year-old



 

CHRIS ROCK DID THE SAME THING same jeans at the movie theater across from the Beverly Center & he thought he wouldn’t be recognized with that newsboy cap on but I saw him he looked twice

 

 


 Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently  I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On  (YesYes Books 2017). Individual poems and prose appear in  Fence ,  Tin House ,  American Poetry Review ,  Memoir  and many other publications. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at University of Colorado, Boulder and core faculty for the Regis University Mile-High MFA program.  Photo by Michael Teak

Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Individual poems and prose appear in Fence, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Memoir and many other publications. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at University of Colorado, Boulder and core faculty for the Regis University Mile-High MFA program.

Photo by Michael Teak

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