Spiral Earrings

OK, so, yeah, I like piercings,

but not usually to the point of fetish,

so why are the big silver spirals

dangling from this dude’s lobes

getting me so aroused?

I mean, sure , he’s hot, I guess,

talk, dark-haired, shadowy stubble,

but not hotter than some others

passing through my field of vision,

except for those damned earrings

that make me want to get him naked.


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T. Allen Culpepper

Portrait of the Young American as a Student

Working with a group in his English class,

he represents the American male ideal,

blond but not too blond, handsome

but not like a Hollywood star,

in red-plaid shirt, faded jeans,

red classic canvas sneakers.

shows white teeth when he smiles,

furrows brow when he laughs.

An open face, an open manner,

a touch of bravado that masks

a lurking anonymous fear.


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T. Allen Culpepper


His back to me,

seated on the rail,

leaning conversationally

toward a couple of friends,

talking with his hands,

amusing his companions,

straw hair over

Nordic-white skin,

broad shoulders draped

with cornflower tee,
one denim-wrapped leg
crossed under the other,
showing skin between

jeans and trainers.

I’ve read of scandalous
flashes of flesh
in Victorian novels
and laughed at prudery

of such extremity

that a mere glimpse

of ankle could arouse,

even doubtful of its truth,

but now I get it,

and I want him,

having never even

looked into his eyes

to see them smile.

Touché, Victorians.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper