Joshua Gray’s haiku and the wife who called her husband gay.
Editor’s Note: The end of this haiku punched me in the mouth. Here we have a man who has perhaps taken great “strides” to strip the manhood box that society tried to force him in. Yet the societal messages we so often speak about as some abstract thing are, in fact, perfectly embodied in his wife. I imagine her sitting in the audience, visibly showing her support while internally struggling with the idea of it all. This poem is a reminder that the forces that create the manhood box have an impact on us all. This includes the most enlightened among us and, yes, to varying extents, even those we hold most dear.
Joshua Gray is an IT Manager, social media marketer, Web site developer and an internationally published poet and writer currently living in India with his wife and two sons. His book Beowulf: A Verse Adaptation With Young Readers In Mind was published in 2012 by Zouch Six Shilling Press and he is the editor of Pot and Sticks, a collection of poetry by Charles A. Poole. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Word Works where he focuses on the technological aspects of the publishing organization.