@ 27.055 MHz: Ad Astra; To Baudelaire

You cannot understand them, Baudelaire,

not those called queers, homoromantic boys:

like this couple, approaching over there---

mesh teeshirts, baggy lounging pants, feet bare

(and look at those profusions of long hair);

hands clasped.  You cannot comprehend their joys,

who stepped barefoot into reality---

their love and homosexuality.

Best friends since kindergarten; boy friends now

(high school sophomores, this all of ten years later):

they look upon your photograph---your scowl

is like to that worn by each prude and hater.

But, still, their love thrives, well, and is not daunted

and not concealed , but not braggartly flaunted.


Author's Notes/Comments: 

The seventh line alludes to the sixth line of Wallace Stevens' poem, "Large Red Man Reading."  Fortunately, the lovers in the poem are very much alive, and Baudelaire is the ghost.

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