Naked on the Dias



Before life drawing class

she said to me

be careful with that really tall guy

[one of your erstwhile men]

watch what you say

he’s trouble

and yes

as I lay naked

on the dais

whilst many drew my contours

I felt repulsed by his energy

and wondered

what would ever possess you

to get involved with that

devil who left his indelible mark

a scar so evident in texture and emotion

just as I wonder

what ever possessed me

to get involved with those subterranean beasts

I had dealings with

and amid my meditations and meanderings

encapsulated in a twenty minute pose

the ever present sub text was


to preserve the friendship we share

such as it is

this was asked of me

that you don’t trust

my integrity

toward you




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