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Culture Poetry

Hoping the Crowd Cursed Me Out

David Lawrence
Written by David Lawrence

Curse Me Out


You think that I am a bigot because I don’t believe in same sex marriage.

I think that you are a bigot against things as they are,

The way they’ve always been played on the blue guitar.


I play things as they are on the blue guitar.

You say that because I have a blue guitar.


I do not play things as they are.

But I play things as they have been and will be on historical strings.


I even put Wallace Stevens into the role of the dice

And let the gays know that ice is ice,

Cold and ironic.


Everyone wants approval.

If you need it you haven’t earned it.


I’d rather be hated than tepidly approved.

I wouldn’t want friendly  condescension.


If I were gay I’d want to be like Meursault in L’Etranger walking

To my execution or marriage,

Hoping the crowd cursed me out.

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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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