A Few Days Before Marriage Equality, the Boils Appeared


By way of a hookup

app

called

SCRUFF


[ . . . like Grindr or BoyAhoy


GROWLr

or

Jack’d


&

Dandy . . . 

[T]he many

places

gay men

log on


2 meet causal

sex


partners

& where

I

once

saw my former


Bible Camp

leader]

a cute man


messaged me:

It’s BIG


a big

day

4 us.


The Supreme Court decided to legalize gay marriage


[the union of 2 people

by law . . .


though lots of LGBT people

had lived together

and decided their own

FAMILY life


[w]ithout it.]


This man

[whose handle

was some

thing close to

JoeJoe69

69]

& I had already gotten the particulars

out of the WAY—


[Looking?

Status?

What are you

into?


YES.

HIV negative

Oral,

safe sex

ONLY,

misc fetishes,

etc.


I CAN’T WAIT

to have my

tongue


inside you]

but hadn’t yet

met.


After he relayed this historic news

I messaged him back:


Do U have

any

free time


[I never needed

a piece

of paper

& some tax

breaks . . .


Plus, I only had

a small window]

to hang out?


& he answered



SURE


so, I told

him

the TRUTH

abt my

bad

sunburn,


b/c it made me

peel


[made me

self-conscious]

& my skin would shed

all over his bed.


&—in

a few spots—

the burn

had turned into


BIG


puss filled

blisters.


These formed on top of my feet kind of

like what happened to the “blameless”

& “upright” Job when God tested his faith.


To do this,

God

took away


what Job held

close


[his family,

health

and most importantly


his FREEDOM


all the stuff that made

him

pious

& chill.


In the end—


after Job’s property got carried off by raiders or destroyed by natural disasters

after Job’s sores

after Job’s pain, anxiety, torment, confusion, & anger


—Job never faltered


& God blessed him


[I think HE doubled

his everything]

for being so real.



JoeJoe6969

went silent.


[If a guy doesn’t answer

back

it usually

means he’s

found


someone

else for his

tongue to

be inside]

so I started to get

off

on my

own


but, my mom

called so I

stopped

& answered

like a good

SON.


She said: Now that y’all

can get

married,

I expect

you

to settle

down


settle down and give me

grandbabies soon.



I hung up

to get back 2 my business


& though it hurt

like HELL


I popped all my blisters.

Prayed


God if you

hear

me please

delivery me from

the EVIL


days

of expectations

and all the stuff

that comes

with them.

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