A collection of poems and other writings...

Friday, 7 July 2017

jockey shorts

In an attempt
to drive
his taunting teenaged son
from his bedroom
as he tries to prepare for bed
the father strips
completely

naked
to the blue thread veins
that run across his chest
to the varicose vessels
that meander
from his groin
and delta down his inner thigh

the lad jeers
cheerily
at the whiteness
of the pallid skin
stretched shining
over the ridges of the shins

scoffs
at the loose-toned buttocks
revealed
as shapeless
jockey shorts
are thumbed down from the hips

complains
as a curtain of pendulous stomach
undulates in
a galloping adipose syncopation

but is silenced
as the father's flaccid weapon
larger than his own
claims victory
over the moment

the father
ignores the abuse
chooses to centre himself
in his thoughts
tosses the shorts
to the dirty linen basket
shakes creases
from folded pyjamas
stored beneath the pillow
ties a double bow
in the thick white cord
to ward against
further
more physical
attack


but
eventually
the lad grows up
and
sees that
he is
now the one
who strips to the white bone
before sleeping
contemplates
a ruined temple
as he yearns
for some more sensuous

corporeal sensation