An Awkward Moment

An Awkward Moment


When you came into my office tonight you told me that you had read

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My anti-gay pieces in American Thinker and were hurt because you are gay.

How would I know?

I don’t look for those things regardless

Of what I write.


I thought about it

And realized that I am living in a politically correct world

Where everything original is wrong.

I am spare,

I am different,

I am out there among the planets.


The riddle of the Great Sphinx of Egypt is that everything that was wrong

Is right

And right will be wrong again as the winds shift in the desert

And the lion and the man lie down in the desert sand.


Perhaps I am wrong for being honest.

People don’t like it.

I tell it like it is

Unlike the liberals who pretend that they are liberal

So that they can take credit for wearing goody two shoes,

Sandals covering their true toes.


They tolerate you and call it open-mindedness.

They hate themselves for lies they don’t understand.

Hey, you are a good guy despite

Your prejudice

Against my prejudice.

I like you as a person not as an opinion.


I don’t care that you told me that you are gay.

You are not gay.

You are who you are with a dash of gayness.

I don’t relate to that part of you.

I am made awkward by your gayness but it is not mine

And doesn’t matter.


Before my father died we didn’t discuss politics.

He was liberal.

That was one millionth of the man he was.

Silence was the answer.


Gayness is too important to you when it should be irrelevant.

If men can’t find gayness ugly I can’t find heterosexuality beautiful.

You are not ugly.

You are what you are which is you and that is the long and short of it.


A friend is a friend no matter the ideology of the masses.

I stick to the nothingness of saying whatever I want

And believing

What doesn’t matter because it matters in some secret pocket

Of the heart where friendship folds its handkerchief.


The sadness of hard politics is a formal occasion.

Take off your top hat and let the give and take of the world go by.

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About the author

David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature. He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on He was a professional boxer and a CEO. Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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