When I was a kid,
and community leaders
taught me to never approach the car
of someone asking for directions
because they likely wanted to abduct
and possibly kill me.
It was not until I was driving around
that I realized the absurdity
of such claims.
Regardless of whether I asked children
or adults for directions,
in the span of two hours
I had seven people run away
four called me a pedophile outright
two a killer
and one shrieking woman beat the trunk of my car
with a stick.
I didn’t stop off at the convenience store
for some candy
for the road trip
as I had planned to do.
I’d probably be serving a life sentence now
and I still wouldn’t