Mr. Testicles by Jon Bennett

This loud fellow
hasn’t been coming long
you can tell by the
swagger and bombast,
“Hey bro! If the bar
ain’t bending
you’re just pretending!”
Later, I hear him
say quietly to a woman
in the stretching area
“You a fine bitch,
bitch, how you get so fine?”
She ignores him
or maybe doesn’t
understand English
and I curse myself
for not being a man
and saying something
although
being a man
just then
doesn’t seem so great.

Jon Benett Painting
Jon Bennett hopes you’ll forgive his trespasses. — Painting by Andrea Hasko-Marx, c. 2017
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