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Sunday, September 02, 2007

OF HUGS AND HAND SIGNALS

by Earl J Wilcox


There was a brief, shining moment in Iowa
yesterday when two honest gay men openly

sealed their marriage with a hug and a kiss,
under a tree, before the public, during the few

minutes prior to a judge retracting his
permission for the men to wed in that state.

There was a brief, cloudy moment in a stall
in a Maryland airport men’s room this summer,

when a less honest U S Senator tapped his
foot against another’s, placed his hand under-

neath the toilet wall, giving an undercover cop
authority to arrest the Senator for his hidden acts.


Earl J. Wilcox founded The Robert Frost Review, which he edited for more than a decade. His poetry was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.