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 4 Months Ago


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barleygirl

4 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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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 Months Ago


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barleygirl

5 Months 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 5 Months Ago


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barleygirl

5 Months 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)))

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barleygirl

5 Months 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 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

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

5 Months Ago

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

Cheers,
barleygirl

5 Months 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

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Thank you for stopping by to read & enjoy! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie
ahahahaha what a joy to read ...you nailed the metaphor and kept it strong throughout ...poor fruitcake is lifted up ... out of its been given never eaten fate .. well done ma'am ... rhythm and rhyme are superb with nary a blink from the read .. so still chuckling ..thank you ..and some perhaps helpful advice laying in there for Neanderthals eh!? put on some color for cryin' out loud!!
E.
ps. could not help but think of beloved Freddie Mercury .. gone too soon :(

Posted 5 Months Ago


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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

So many of the best entertainers are gay & I love your tribute to Freddie. I can just feel how you t.. read more
Einstein Noodle

5 Months Ago

same to you Margie .. "totally" ;))))
I imagine it must have been like being stranded in the middle of the ocean: surrounded by water, but unable to drink. . . Or perhaps a starving vegan in a sausage factory . . . Whatever the case, it must have been excruciating!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Your analogies are hilarious! Back in the old days, gays weren't "open" so they congregated in remot.. read more
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They are indeed beautiful, irressitible...and out of reach. I also feel they may be more perceptive and sensitive than hetero men. Read the other day that all the great Italian renaissance artists were gay including Leonardo da vinci (an absolute hunk) Michaelangelo and Botticelli. It was such a loss to woman kind!

I loved the elegance and eloquence of each finely written verse. Great poem Margie!

Posted 5 Months Ago


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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I very much love your share . . . great to find out you have the same feelings! Yes, they are more a.. read more
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5 Months Ago

It was a pleasure all mine! ((HUGS))
Tastefully hysterical

The Gentleman's club, magically delicious

Great Read

Matthew

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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Coming from you, I'm especially delighted! *smile* Fondly, Margie

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