Like the lotus, your manhood emerges from murky

regions protected in its bud until blooming unsullied

and multifoliate toward the sky, spirit reawakened,

potency resolved, seeds of great fortune generated

spontaneously unto me borne, reborn, enlightened.



A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and poetry, his verse appears this year in Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness published by Oxford UP and Lovejets: queer male poets on 200 years of Walt Whitman from Squares and Rebels. His essays have appeared in The New York Daily News and The New York Times. Penha edits The New Verse News, an online journal of current-events poetry. Twitter: @JamesPenha
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