THE SHAKES


It's true that maleness

gets a bad shake in society

and also true that femininity

often participates in the shaking

unconsciously, as best I can tell,

but no less effectively 

even when cloaked as love


But truest of all,

even if systematically denied,

is the extent that we males

unwittingly initiate such shaking

when we first begin 

to sacrifice our balls

on the altar of mother's smile,

continue with our lovers,

and never fully recover to reclaim

what we keep on hiding


It's all enough to give 

a body the shakes.... 


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