Our pale naked chests caught the moonlight. We were primitive mammals, drinking from her pool. Unsentimental, there were no aftermaths to consider, no consequences to chasten our arousals. Freely belligerent, we scraped the raw off mountains and ran roughshod over untidy hearts. We did not care. We were boys.

We cured ourselves with thought and shame, and retreated from Pan’s doom. But not all; some joined his legion and drink still from the pool, naked boys in aged skin.

33 responses to “Boys”

  1. Wow. So powerful, Steven. I love this!

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  2. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    A powerful snippet of writing from a master of prose.

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  3. Ocean Bream says:

    Wow, Diana shared this and this is how I found it. Such a compelling little piece!

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  4. Erik says:

    I agree with Diana (and, in fact, hopped here from her reblogging of this).

    Is this an excerpt from a longer work, Steven, or a stand-alone piece?

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  5. Naked boys in aged skin…perfect.

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  6. Purpleanais says:

    Fantastic writing!

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  7. Steven Baird says:

    Thank you again. 🙂


  8. jazzytower says:

    Very, very nicely done! Love that last line.

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  9. So creative… always paint a picture!

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  10. Great descriptions, Steven. Unless I’m mistaken, this is a poetic way of saying some people never grow up just older. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  11. Naked boys in aged skin…paints a perfect picture!

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  12. says:

    So cool!!! I really love this…and I agree, naked boys in aged skin was brilliant Steven. Truly 🙂 So… Where are you these days? I looked for recent posts on WP and didn’t see any. Have I been away that long??? Lol.

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  13. itnoworky says:

    This is great! I just watched ‘The mask we live in’ which explores masculinity. If you haven’t already, perhaps check it out!

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