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Daniel Edward Moore: The Fire Island Boys

Warhol wasn’t the only one who loved 
those Fire Island boys; marble statues 
cloaked in sand, whipped by pleasure’s 
summer storms. 
 
Caution fainted on a thousand zippers, a 
thousand eyes and tongues. There was 
no such thing as a stranger’s bed. 
Every mattress played the same song; 
 
Love as if loving makes you immortal, carving 
a valley of light through the shame; the 
crippling years of closet-shaped posture, 
breaking the spirit’s spine. 
 
Those were the days of aquatic ecstasy: steam 
baths swirling with deep sea divers trading 
their handfuls of pearls, risking 
their lives in the dangerous caves of 
 
some other man who had to be entered to 
prove how good, how beautiful he was, 
even if only for an hour. If I could weep 
as loud as they laughed and rage as hard 
 
as they loved, maybe the young wouldn’t die so fast; alone, 
on the edge of a viral abyss wailing at the red autumn 
moon; God waking up to the sound of his sons, washing 
the sand from their eyes. 

Copyright 2022 Daniel Edward Moore

A native southerner, Daniel Edward Moore currently lives in Oak Harbor, Washington on Whidbey Island. His book, Waxing the Dents, is from Brick Road Poetry Press.

The men of Cherry Grove, Fire Island, circa 1965 (photo source: City Realty)

2 comments on “Daniel Edward Moore: The Fire Island Boys

  1. loranneke
    August 18, 2022

    “If I could weep
    as loud as they laughed and rage as hard

    as they loved, maybe the young wouldn’t die so fast; alone,
    on the edge of a viral abyss wailing at the red autumn
    moon;” Such great imagery and language in this poem!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vox Populi
      August 18, 2022

      thanks, Laure-Anne. Daniel’s poems are a new discovery for me. I’m glad you like this one.

      Liked by 1 person

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