He came to read; two or three books
are lying open: history and poetry.
But after just ten minutes of reading
he lets them drop. There on the sofa
he falls asleep. He truly is devoted to reading-
but he is twenty-three years old, and very handsome.
And just this afternoon, Eros surged
within his perfect limbs and on his lips.
Into his beautiful flesh came the heat of passion,
and there was no foolish embarrassment
about the form that pleasure took..

Ken brought my hand to his lips and kissed it. I’d been paying so much attention to Ken, I didn’t know what happened during the game. I don’t think anyone cared too much what the outcome was after Ken’s at bat.

“Do you know who won?” I asked Cooper, who automatically translated into sign language for Shawn.

Shawn laughed his odd laugh and signed something back. He looked at Ken, who had an arm wrapped possessively around my waist.

Cooper grinned. “Shawn says it looks like you did, Jordie.

We have probably all seen teachers who would pick a student up by the scruff of the neck for saying ‘Shit,’ but who would walk by without a word when overhearing that same student taunting a classmate, calling him a ‘fag.’ It is often easier not to intervene – even when there is a clear-cut victim. It’s out in the hall. It isn’t our business. It isn’t our problem.

But our inactions, like our actions, define who we are and what are true values are.

Most people who are would each not be in love with their partner, if they did not have the kind of genitals they have.

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