Poetry Journal

Issues / Volume 5 Issue 1 , July 2015


Speaking Up For Those Men

Rob Wallis

—after Arundhathi Subramaniam

  I want to speak up 
  for those men 
  with comb overs 
  stretching long hairs 
  like guitar strings 
  who hitch their trousers 
  up under their armpits 
  who wear socks with sandals 
  in case they get wet feet 
  whose love life 
  was swallowed by a sink-hole 
  who spent 
  their entire working life 
  in a denture clinic 
  who have a different denture 
  for each day of the week 
  none of them fit properly 
  whose social life 
  is focused 
  on a poker machine 
  who never 
  did anyone any harm 
  who still believe 
  they’ll meet the right woman 
  these men with comb overs. 
  I want to speak up for them.