THE GIGOLO’S LAMENT – a passing tilt at TS
to grow old, to wear my trousers rolled
WARNING: contains adult themes
(edited 17th December 2020)
Monday is the cruellest month,
The day when Judas flowered,
And I have neither youth nor strength
To keep the budding storms at bay;
They strike to quicken my decay,
Washing past paint and broken panes
To rot the bricks of my peeling face,
The façade of a blunted age.
Time has blistered me;
A shattered lamppost from a dulled past –
Disclaimed by those on whom I shone
My firm but gently passionate gaze –
Known now just in passing by their pets.
The women come with the night
And I wrap them in fondling shades.
The fertile seasons are now ghosts,
Soft bones wreathed in perfume and lace.
The limed streets of Paris, Berlin, Stuttgart,
The deceptions and the cunning corridors
The taut strung mannekinds subtly employed
To gain a creaking fuck, a handsome suck,
They now rise as my hunger grows
To mock my once proud shrunken hoe,
Its craving for breasts rich and slack,
For wayward bellies kept in trim
By cyclic fasts, the scalpel’s cut.
The women pass without a glance
A cold frost falling from their heels.
I will sit at the window
With the red light on
Cementing my face
And when the night freezes on my limbs
Go out into the street, walk straight,
Immaculate in my crotchless pants,
A bunch of keys hung on the left,
My tailored shirt of faded silk,
My brushed suede shoes
And sell my arse
Face crushed against a backyard wall,
keys tolling, “Oh, It’s time, it’s time.”