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Thursday 10 November 2016

Joy, by Warwick Broadhead

Posted in: NZ Writing
By Warwick Broadhead - 10th January 2015

In 2006 we published Warwick Broadhead's take on the concept of the joy of being gay. In light of his sad passing, we share his words once more.

lastnight walking barefoot on the lawn at four in the morning
sipping chamomile and honey and watching a waning moon present
and dissolve above the dark illumed clouds
you were also present,your spirit spoke
and the calm was placed inside my skull
then I feltjoy
the naked skin opened and was gently fucked by a delicious breeze
delerious on the sound of the crickets singing my song
am I gay and joyous at thismoment
that does not register
what appears is the happiness of being human - my very cells are smiling
later I celebrate an erection in the wonder of those early wakeful hours
imbibing pleasure and strength I see men and moremen
the curve of the mansneck thrills in its beauty
i am homosexual and human.the heart encompasses my universe in joyous
times and I singout danceout dream
to be in a state of utterjoy is an inkling of freedom
falling into the others eyes and being held there
that moment
in love to love

Warwick Broadhead was a gay performer, author, director, playwright, visualiser, poet, and free spirit.He has died at his home on Waiheke Island, aged 70.

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Warwick Broadhead - 10th January 2015