Wednesday, February 5, 2020

anaphora penises by Andrew McMillan

anaphora       penises

I disagree with you on this
one small point      the time you said   of penises
when you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all I think 

you’re wrong      each one is fingerprint unique
each with its own way of being in the world
shy or all bravado or statesmanlike

it’s not size   though you can feel each one trying
to push itself upright   like a schoolboy
hoping to be called on to give an answer

it’s smaller things   the smell of each one   the way
the day can linger there   beneath the slim lips
of the foreskin   each with its own direction

each with its own personality   its own
way of introducing itself   each of them
a personal totem for the bearer

each its own low pendulum marking the passing
of each year with its own minutiae
of successes/changes/health scares      each one

of singular importance to each singular
man   each treasured and wept for and prone
to misjudgment   and not to be trusted

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