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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Don't you just hate popping into the butchers for prime beef steak, and the beefcake has better makeup than you. It's like me getting drunk and meeting Lola. Still, let and let live. Though some guys are taking longer than women to get ready now. What the hell's going on out there.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Months Ago

Just found this hidden gem from you . . . thanks for stopping by to ponder the pros & cons of fruitc.. read more



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The seventies what a decade what a mess we made Love on the wrong way street don't rely on me my little tart sweet.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Awe, this is so fun! I have read through a bunch of your poems this morning, although I have little to offer in the way of anything critical. I write poetry like a goof ball brings water :) But I can say every word I related to, or is that meant what it said, lol. A whimsical craziness that is non offensive and just plain enjoyable to my brain.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Karen Redburn

6 Months Ago

You're writing definitely suggests your break with the technical and embracing of fun!
barleygirl

6 Months Ago

Thank you for making my day *smile*
Karen Redburn

6 Months Ago

Most welcome, you made my day with your reviews, just returning the love!
This one is really colorful and also very gay in meaning of joy. I can hear some jazz and dancers twisting in swing. Have great mood. Thanks for that.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Months Ago

I'm glad you got my mood as being "gay" and that being "joy" . . . to me, it's not just that I want .. read more
Post Mortem

6 Months Ago

Yes you are right there is lot of humor and creativity. Yes each group have own magic and style.
Don't you just hate popping into the butchers for prime beef steak, and the beefcake has better makeup than you. It's like me getting drunk and meeting Lola. Still, let and let live. Though some guys are taking longer than women to get ready now. What the hell's going on out there.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Months Ago

Just found this hidden gem from you . . . thanks for stopping by to ponder the pros & cons of fruitc.. read more
Hello, Barleygirl! This was a fun read, great images and perspective.
"break out the fruitcake baby" - that one cracked me up.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

To me, it's a celebration of the fanciful ways of people who live outside the dots of what's conside.. read more
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 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

Your thoughts on such ideas is brilliant, as usual! To me, it's not about what people do in private .. read more
emmajoy

7 Months Ago

Have come across 'Attitude' so often, too damned often. Consequently have become the arrogant creatu.. read more
barleygirl

6 Months Ago

We are blessed with a lovely 37* to 39*C autumn weekend (it's thankgiving here!) Thanks for recommen.. read more
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 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months 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!




Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

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

7 Months 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 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months 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 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

I have always had a similar fascination with Greenwich Village, esp back in the day. If you've writt.. read more

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