Steven Boyle’s tale of coming out at age 20 doesn’t miss a beat. The Penn State student’s slam poetry YouTube video is making the rounds, gaining acclaim for his heartfelt, honest and sometimes hilarious story of overcoming the fears surrounding social acceptance, a new crush, and self awareness after coming out of the closet.
The poem, entitled “I Hit Send, Or Modern Meltdown,” chronicles Boyle’s anxieties as he types a text, wondering if he comes across as flirting with a boy he has a crush on.
“I’m better with writing than talking sometimes, and if I talk I might mess up and I can’t edit or plagiarize,” Boyle’s poem says. “It should be easier now, everyone knows I like guys, but I freeze up every time I look into his eyes.”
Boyle’s alternate answer: “Crotch.”
The funny, poignant poem captures the confusion, anxiety, and excitement that comes with a first crush and is a refreshing afternoon break that’s worth a play — or two.