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Poem- In Movies

by Crystal Torres on November 26, 2017

I didn’t think any man could be
more beautiful than Yul Brynner
naked in his twenties
You stood there
more than beautiful
trying to find your clothes
and I had to let you go
I don’t want to ask
I don’t want to know that answer
just in case
you aren’t coming back
It’s hard for me to believe in happiness
it scares me
I peek between my fingers
watching love stories
I’ve seen this scene in movies
where things are going great
I know if it’s too early
things are gonna turn 180
I was singing love songs
Hallelujah in the hallway
when it hit me
I’m happy
It made me weep
It made me pray, “please.”
I don’t want to lose this
this moment
this feeling
For once in a lifetime
it’s better than in movies
I’m so afraid of what comes next
Let the credits roll
while everything is still perfect
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I’m not much of one for noticing the beauty of the male physique. I mean, I acknowledge it, but my friends always had to point the cute boys out to me. A friend almost crashed her car in a Mervyn’s parking lot the one time I did spontaneously notice a guy was good looking. Not because he was beautiful (which he was) so much as because she wasn’t going to miss out on seeing anyone so exceptional that I had noticed them.

Which is to say to every rule there is an exception. I do sometimes notice all on my own that a man is beautiful, I mean, like before he flirts with me and stuff. If you haven’t seen the 1942 nude photos of Yul Brynner by George Platt Lynes, and you enjoy looking at bare-naked, male, smoldering beauty, you should definitely check them out. For many years, I didn’t believe that it got any better than that. Life is full of surprises.

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