Wanting for our Fathers by Vuyi Qubeka

your lust

seeps into me

it forgets that I’m

your child

testes muddied in

their needing

excruciating pain

in the pursuit

of the relief

the path

the supposed cure

a boy stuck in

an old man’s dress

wanting for his father

your lust seeps into me

its scent the secretion

of adolescence

heart curt with the leaving

a fixed youth

weeping indulgence

a boy stuck between rehearsals

wet behind the ear

for his father

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