looking at pictures of naked boys on the internet
i am struck by the vulgarity of them.
they are my age, but they are
eons ahead of my time,
and i lag behind, saying:
"really now, really now,
let your emotions settle
you are much too human for me."
their bodies glisten, and faux muscles
ripen under skin soaked to perfection.
i would rather lose all my words than
sleep with one of them. it is a hard line,
but it is the only one i have ever known.