By John Simpson
After quiet, closeted years operating as a librarian, Clayton comes to a decision to surrender his activity and use his inheritance to shop for a small bookstall within the gay-friendly lodge city of Rehoboth seashore, Delaware. It's the start of what he hopes should be a brand new existence freed from his previous repressions.
Alex, an ex-military guy and previous cop, makes a decision to retire to Rehoboth and buys a home 3 blocks from the seashore. made up our minds to fill his time with greater than chasing sizzling men, he visits the neighborhood bookstall, the place he meets Clayton.
As iciness units in, town is all yet abandoned, and Alex and Clayton locate themselves jointly greater than aside. Clayton would favor a dating, yet his worry of popping out retains stepping into the best way. Alex's intercourse allure could be sufficient to persuade Clayton to take an opportunity within the open... however it will take whatever extra to make it occur.
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57 Ann Arbor Song deep night after Kaddish: round moon black branchesstill among sleeping sighs ringed with dreams breathing soft songwake in pool of sun 58 April hyacinths' white curled petals reflect moonlight through sliding silver mist-now cloud-hidden: millions thrash & turn & turn in sleep; heads hang among the stunned dead, lovers shrieking in still rooms as motes turn in shafts of light: the trail of tears, the massacres of innocents, mothers' wails, the endless journey from sorrow to sorrow, hope like a talisman clutched in shrivelled hands, cracked mouths gasping prayers as babes dissolve in darkness of clouds, faces turning back one last time, hands extended.
34 Fireworks over the Flatirons shouts & cheers up & down Broadway: faces rise againdead friendssweet-faced boys like these now howlingso mangled their caskets were sealed. 35 A Vision eleven tanned fratboys in jockstrapslovely bodiesparade on their balcony, strutting & bellowing & offering beer to every passerby: sunset, 4th of July. 36 How must the meadows how must the meadows of Audubon appear in this waning season? what signs appear in fog, in rain, on a clear day, what si lence stalks those who walk now?
Memory in love for Chris Ide Venus winks on the blue horizon this evening: my mad boy star-crossed rimbaudian dreamer has passed through the veil at last with his leaping poesy of fireworks for no tomorrow. no simple song unravels the riddle of heart & eyes tonight: go find your way, sing the pity of it; hear your lover's sleeping song & keep that tuneful breath as a torch in memory's night: he was your friend & however fitfully carried your dream in his time, juggling hope & fear in the gleam of fading youth, unable to sit long enough to give his own suffering space: you who know love, go sing it now, hold nothing back, let your sighs swell as paeans to the long trip's passing under empty stars.
Alex & Clayton by John Simpson