Author Topic: Ah Gym Lad  (Read 118 times)

Offline Dylan di Vilde

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Ah Gym Lad
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:19:37 AM »


He sports a manly torso
like Rambo only more so,
has weightlifters shoulders,
hands like boulders,
he’s bull necked,
as you’d expect
and proudly etched
in letters stretched
across his chest
on a sleeveless vest
the name of the gym
which created him.

A shaven head is perched atop
this keenly muscled outcrop -
a head of great immensity
of an unsurprising density.

He’s very keen to say
you must sign up today.
By toiling in the gym
you too could look like him!

He’s proud of his physique,
but scornful of the weak,
anyone not pumped
ignored or quickly dumped -
an inferior being
to his way of seeing.

But he chooses to ignore
one large apparent flaw:

After starting this way
he just… dwindles away.
He doesn’t continue
the muscle and sinew
but tapers from burly
into eight year old girly -
his legs being short
and the spindly sort
with improbably petite
twinkle toe feet.

So you stifle a snigger
‘cos he should be much bigger.

He’s tried to put right
his absence of height -
repeatedly tried ways
but grew only sideways.

But his mirror doesn’t reach the floor
so, in his head, he’s six foot four,
a superman, a demi-god,
nothing even slightly odd.
Convinced that he is blessed
not merely self obsessed.

So even though he’s crass and dim
you still might even pity him
-a narcissistic man
with a wood preserver tan
whose upper half is in effect
the measure of his self respect,
caught between contempt for you
and the image he aspires to.


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Offline JanTetstone

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Re: Ah Gym Lad
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 12:40:19 PM »
Dylan I read this more than once.... It's a very good write.
I hope to read more of your poetry here in the Gallery.      jt

Offline Mark T

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Re: Ah Gym Lad
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 05:24:44 PM »
Jan, if you look back through the Gallery, you will find many examples of Dylan's witty constructions.

Dylan, thanks for posting; this was hilariously apt, and made my day. I know that guy, he's the one in the tracksuit pants and vest, right?

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Re: Ah Gym Lad
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 05:33:47 PM »
Jan, if you look back through the Gallery, you will find many examples of Dylan's witty constructions.

Thank you Mark. I'll go through the gallery and find more but I hope Dylan continues posting his poems here for others [like me] to enjoy.     

Offline Dylan di Vilde

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Re: Ah Gym Lad
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2018, 03:44:45 AM »
Thanks, glad you liked
Sweepings from the Factory Floor - New volume of poems available now at –
https://www.feedaread.com/profiles/10661/

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Re: Ah Gym Lad
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 10:13:55 AM »
You welcome...
I did find some of your writing....
You have a wonderful gift for words.
 

Offline heidi52

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Re: Ah Gym Lad
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2018, 11:54:24 AM »
OMG Dylan you did it again. Thank you for the laugh!

Be forewarned, I'm stealing; "a narcissistic man
with a wood preserver tan"

Perfect description of our president.

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