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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

gay

gay wedding
his father gave him away
long ago
(Published in Sketchbook June 2008)

11 Comments:

Blogger polona said...

i know a few gay guys and they all had a traumatic experience within the family... well done!

12:20 PM  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

interesting

12:49 PM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

that's both clever and very moving.

3:24 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, polona, andrew, and Juliet. As many will know, the first same-sex weddings in California just took place, following a court ruling.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

Sad. It does not happen here. India has a long way to go. Can you believe it, our Hindu scriptures does speak of homosexuality.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

In most states, it doesn't happen here either, gautami. And in California it didn't happen until a few days ago.

8:35 PM  
Blogger jem said...

Well thought our and written. Strong sentiments without sounding preachy. I like it a lot!

3:57 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

But he got a father. BTW, which one?

Read just about Walt Whitman, someone said he got a wife and children, but he didn't.

And I prefer his Leaves # 2, year 1856, my favorites.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thank you, jem.

Well, tikkis, the 3d (1860) has much to recommend it, but the 1856 is certainly a powerhouse.

You're right about Walt's domestic arrangements. He once boasted that he had fathered a few illegitimate children in New Orleans, but nobody believed him.

"Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" may be my favorite among his poems.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

Leaves of Grass (1856), Sun-Down Poem:

FLOOD-TIDE of the river, flow on! I watch
you, face to face,
Clouds of the west! sun half an hour high! I see
you also face to face.

Later that poem named:
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

FLOOD-TIDE below me! I watch you face to face;

etc. Thanks Bill for this tip!

8:53 AM  
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