TWINKS AND THE OCTOBER MAN by Barry Smyth

A tongue-in-cheek piece with the real wisdom only a mature man can have.  Barry is a friend of the October Man Diaries.  Please do not read if you are not of age or if you are put off by sexy words and images.  Happy reading.

302337_312777652068027_853251093_n-001Twinks*. You have got to love them. All of that effervescent beauty in a cute little package with tight abs and an adorable bubble butt.  And of course as we age gracefully and attain that stately label of the “October Man”, we tend to attract these younger versions of ourselves as they fixate on our adorable “Daddy” status.  Of course the sad truth of the matter is that despite the age gap, we can totally relate to them as although physically we may be reaching for a box of hair coloring and applying lashings of anti-age creams while doing some internet research on the long term effects of Botox (or gay multitasking as it’s more commonly known) we are, at least on the inside, a perpetual 24 year old ourselves.

Of course our bodies are a little older; no one can deny that.  But at least we know every inch of them intimately and where every one of our erogenous zones happens to be. In fact we’ve become so experienced with our bodies that we can turn the whole thing into an erogenous zone almost at will, if we were so inclined, of course. This comes from all the experience we have had throughout our glorious lives and the gaggle of beautiful souls who happened to cross our beds and stir our hearts, not to mention our expertise in masturbation and mental visualization during our in-between moments. Yes it’s true – we are among the few who can intellectually debate the merits of gay porn as an acceptable form of art.

We also know what it truly means to love and be loved.  After all, let’s face it – at this stage in our lives, we have been through the wringer at least once and learnt a few life lessons along the way.

We are also excellent communicators as well since we know all the signs people display for any given situation and have learnt to act on them as though they are some sort of cosmic teleprompter visible only to us, giving us the advantage that we can not only hold a conversation but can twist and turn it to any place we want it to go, or not go, whichever the case may be.

Indeed, take all of the above together and while twinks may sparkle, we, the October Men, well – we shine like diamonds.

Of course it is only natural that many of these twinks should become enamored with us.  After all let’s face it – for all of the above reasons the October Man is the ultimate catch.  And while many of us feel flattered by the adoring attention of this naive fan club, we must never forget that any relationship we might hope to foster with one of them will be short lived. After all, twinks are flighty creatures without a clue of what they truly want or need and are never really satisfied.  It is part of their attraction since we see so much of ourselves (at that age) in them.

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……………sometimes we get so caught up in life

that we tend to forget that’s exactly what we are,

even if the image staring back at us from the mirror

has a few extra laughter lines.

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But nevertheless these adorable twinks help us to see ourselves as we really want to be seen, as youthful, fun, witty, intelligent, charming, adventurous and energetic sexual men.  And there’s nothing wrong with that at all because sometimes we get so caught up in life that we tend to forget that’s exactly what we are, even if the image staring back at us from the mirror has a few extra laughter lines.

So next time a twink looks in your direction, smile your best secret inner smile because they could never understand what being an October Man really means.  Yes, like the friend who tells you the plot to a movie before you’ve seen it (which is super annoying by the way) we know the story of their lives before they’ve even lived them.  And of course any advice we would care to give them on the subject no matter how well-meaning would be forgotten almost instantly given that in general they have an attention span of an …… oh look sparkles!!

But eventually, there will come a day when they will stand where we do now and look back on their own lives as we have done, and reflect and revel in their newly found power as an October Man just as surely as a new group of twinks will look to them with similar admiring eyes. So in honor of this perpetual cycle of beautiful adorable generation after generation of twinks and their innocent view of the world I leave you with a poem I wrote titled “Rose Colored Glasses”.  Enjoy.

ROSE COLORED GLASSES

Time marches slowly while in the bloom of youth

and love seems as idyllic as it can be.

Your rose colored glasses frame your face just so

although unbeknown to you they will shatter eventually.

The folly of youth is that the lessons you will learn

won’t be understood until youth is left behind.

While the folly of the old is that the lessons we have learnt

We would wish that we had known about in time.

I’d give you words of warning but why waste what little breath I have

when deaf ears are all such words would find.

I’d try to paint a picture of the way the world truly works,

But the ignorance of youth leaves you color blind.

You think yourself immune to the ravages of time

but there will come a time when time itself wins the day

and when mortality hits home and cuts you to the bone

it will be your turn to look to another and say

Time marches slowly while in the bloom of youth

and love seems as idyllic as it can be.

Your rose colored glasses frame your face just so

although unbeknown to you they will shatter eventually.

© Barry Smyth, all rights reserved

*Twinks – A gay slang meaning desirable young man…(go figure who he is….)

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