Hankerin’ fer Fruitcake

Hankerin’ fer Fruitcake

A Poem by barleygirl
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many gay friends growing up . . .

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The snooty ones must quarantine fruitcake in its tin
as they try to camouflage the vast collective sin
I always longed for those fruits, much to their chagrin
play some music in my mouth like a red-hot violin.

Let me feel the bittersweet bite of glazed citrus fruit
flamboyant and fancy, struttin’ in a kiwi zoot suit
afro, Elvis sideburns and chest fur that’s thick like jute
break out the fruitcake baby, despite any ill repute!

Growing up alongside the famous Frisco Bay
infamous Castro District pulsating up the way
I had no idea that all these gaudy men were gay
I just knew I loved to watch the hunky cabaret.

In my teens the limits of my palette did dawn
with these gorgeous men I would never get it on
as a hopeless hetero with a craving for brawn:
dry Neanderthal menu with all the flavor gone.

My hankerin’ lives on fer flamboyant fruitcake
but my purgatory is a hunk of tough beefsteak
so I’ll admire from afar the preening of the drake
as I choke down my enduring fruitcake heartbreak.




© 2017 barleygirl



Author's Note

barleygirl
Photo: Castro District in 1970's San Francisco was a buzzing hot spot of gorgeous gay men.

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I grew up hearing nothing but terrible things about homosexuals. Then in the Navy it continued and got worse. Going on liberty and "rolling queers" was supposed to be great fun. Honorable, too. As it is with so many things--what you hear and what is are often at odds. Eventually, I learned that the Navy was just full of gay women, but not many gay men. The women's sexuality was ignored, but guys were immediately kicked out. I only ever met one guy who admitted to it, and he was okay. We had beers together at the enlisted club and he hit on me once. It didn't anger me at all, and we remained friends. Now the women--a few of those who were supposedly gay decided to flip a switch and try ol' Sam out a time or two, much to my liking. There are still many in society who despise them, of course, but they're quickly becoming a minority. I guess because I'm from the hippy era, but your description of 60's San Francisco goings on make me wish even more that I could've been there.

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Days Ago

I'm mesmerized to read your recollections as many more of my own are sparked as well! I had forgotte.. read more



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Maybe it depends on how one's reared.. and thank the Lord, more prevalent today. Don't ask what people do in the privacy of their own homes.. don't even think of it.. any more than you want people to think of your personal life.. Instead see a human being with two eyes, two hands, ten toes and inside from top to feet, is a heart. That's what matters, the way people shake your hand along with your sense of humour, the sharing of similar likes and dislikes and all that rubbish. Forget the knickers - concentrate on the hat!!

Posted 1 Day Ago


Rich, (as the fruit cake) and so open and free.
I remember talking to some of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence the last time I was in San Francisco and feeling much the same about them.
Wonderful job Margie.

Posted 4 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Days Ago

When you drop a delicious tidbit like that, I can only imagine the colorful story that must lie behi.. read more
You are in a class by yourself,when it comes to expressing sentiments ! Absolutely wonderful! The reason women befriend gay men is they understand and support us, and expect the same from us,as human beings should do!




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barleygirl

4 Days Ago

There are plenty of people who "accept" gays & lesbians & others living outside the dots . . . but i.. read more
Mrudula Rani

3 Days Ago

" gays& lesbians&others living outside the dots..." we are all children of God ! Respecting and cari.. read more
i really like this poem...and the responses...
the open-mindedness that so many do not display...
had several gay friends myself...and they were and are beautiful people inside and out---
too much judgment and labels these days...this is refreshing...

j.

Posted 5 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Days Ago

Growing up in the boondocks, I was unaware of the social condemnation of gays & lesbians. They came .. read more
Wow- never heard of the Castro District. This poem is just genius! Great metaphors, wordplay, sassy imagery, musical flow and killer rhyme...but the theme is the best part. Edgy, funny, outrageous- like you dear flower-child Margie! Those gays, I mean guys, didn’t know what the heck they were missing from you...Killer Queen! Having lived in Greenwich Village myself for two years, I say to you- Brava And Carry On my friend....Ha!

Posted 5 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Days Ago

I have always had a similar fascination with Greenwich Village, esp back in the day. If you've writt.. read more
I have had quite a few friends who were homosexual. They never tried to "convert" me. In high school I had one who helped teach me the music I needed to know in order to get in the school choir and glee club, considered an honor to be a member.
In college, though I had many "straight friends" the one I considered closest happened to be gay. He and I were delighted that he was my "best man" at my wife and my wedding.

Posted 5 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Days Ago

Having been sexually abused too many times to count, I grew up around gay men & felt safe & accepted.. read more
I grew up hearing nothing but terrible things about homosexuals. Then in the Navy it continued and got worse. Going on liberty and "rolling queers" was supposed to be great fun. Honorable, too. As it is with so many things--what you hear and what is are often at odds. Eventually, I learned that the Navy was just full of gay women, but not many gay men. The women's sexuality was ignored, but guys were immediately kicked out. I only ever met one guy who admitted to it, and he was okay. We had beers together at the enlisted club and he hit on me once. It didn't anger me at all, and we remained friends. Now the women--a few of those who were supposedly gay decided to flip a switch and try ol' Sam out a time or two, much to my liking. There are still many in society who despise them, of course, but they're quickly becoming a minority. I guess because I'm from the hippy era, but your description of 60's San Francisco goings on make me wish even more that I could've been there.

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Days Ago

I'm mesmerized to read your recollections as many more of my own are sparked as well! I had forgotte.. read more
Having worked with a number of gay men. I found they were skilled in their work, immaculate in their appearance and had a wicked sense of humour. Most of all, the women loved them, as they were no threat.
My favourite question from one of them was :- "What do you call a homosexual mushroom? - a fun guy to be with".
They probably would have seen the fun side of your poem, too. LIve and let live.....
((( Hugs)))

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Days Ago

I would think, being in theatre, you would have a special appreciation for how gay people have a del.. read more
I used to say, if they’re all gay,
The world had gone to hell
The beauties, all atuned with looking good
We’ll have to guess, for no one else can tell.

But then again, if they all win
The hearts of one another.
Perhaps the chicks will need a fix.
I’ll be there, won’t you brother?

Fretting over broken clover
stacked-up along the bay.
Those surfers—handsome; mellow when they drive.
Leave boredom in their wake, the ladies say.

So I’ll sit back with my eight track
And let the music play
And wonder where the fruitcake all is bound.
Am I the only fool who’s still around?


Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Days Ago

Very biting tongue-in-cheek riposte! I love it! You're hilarious in your always-outside-the-dots obs.. read more
Norbanus

6 Days Ago

I'm just glad it didn't hit a sour note with you, Margie.

Cheers,
barleygirl

6 Days Ago

I love your zinging honesty the most *smile*
And here I was thinking Grandma's fruitcake was only good for a doorstop. Good one, Bgirl. I liked it. ;p

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Days Ago

Thank you for stopping by to read & enjoy! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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