Behold The Man

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i)
Barnaby practically lived in the library

Studying physics, astrology, chemistry
Looking to logically unravel mysteries
Locked inside his heart.

 

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ii)
Flicking through books on disease and dissection
He dwelt on the pictures of manly perfection
Until he was teased by a telling erection
Locked inside his pants.

 

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iii)
Discovering even in science desire
His conscience awoke and uncovered a liar
Whose only reprieve lay in trial by fire
If fiction held the truth.

 

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iv)
It told of princesses with long flowing tresses
Of hazelnut dresses and girls with three guesses
All ending in happiness, love and caresses
Which made him rather sad.

 

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v)
He wasn’t renowned for his charm or his pluck
Had neither won favour with labour nor luck
Just telling his neighbour he fancied a fuck
Would only end in tears.

 

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vi)
Avoiding temptation or humiliation
He boarded a train in the roar of frustration
To lakeside and mountains and pure isolation
The rain poured down.

 

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vii)
Days floated by in a physical sweat
But dangerous dreams left him equally wet
So he boated each night with a bottle to get
Roaring drunk.

 

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viii)
Out on the lake as the oars dipped tightly
He paused and gasped as the moon quite brightly
Caused him to notice the shape of a slightly
Dead young man.

ix)
He freed the youth’s face from a tangle of hair
And fell to his mouth with medicinal care
Restoring two lives and acutely aware
Of his first real kiss.

 

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x)
‘I know you’ he said on the shoreline shaking
Barnaby feeling the ice-berg breaking
Down as their hot and sorely aching
Lips met among the leaves.

 

Poem originally published in ‘Anthony Gayton – Behold the Man’, exhibition catalogue by MiTO, Spain 2009

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