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Men

(for Pete and Richard)

       

Men
  shaved heads White Power tattoos
  black eyes burpies
  “fuck those mother fuckin niggers” gaybashing
  yet constantly touching wrestling slapping ass
choke-holds shirtless muscles sweat
  body against body
 

Men
  playing cards dominoes chess
  girly magazine pictures posted
  on door ceiling wall
  double chin double gut
  “gotta get in better fuckin shape” while inhaling burrito
  pull hands out of pants
  to slam dominoes use phone shake hands
   

Men
  dressed like girls
  breasts bra hormone shots swinging hips
  beautiful hair
  offering to suck my dick
  kissing the lover de jour
  young body no wrinkles pimply face
  could pass for 16
 

“Be a man!” father says
  Am I a man?
  Do I want to be a man?
 
  Men
  tweed jackets small round glasses
  black gowns multicolored hoods funny hats
  published
  articles books lectures journals
  ivy league ivory tower
  tenure
  conferences discoveries keynote speaker
  Nobel
   

Men
  bouncing babies on the knee
  making grandkids giggle

gently rubbing a lover’s foot
  crying at a sad movie
  at a daughter’s wedding
at the end of a hard week
  walking quietly in the forest
   

“Now you’re a man” father says
  I reply I always have been
 
© 2010 Jon Andreas. All rights reserved.
Written 12 February 2010