Christian Langworthy


Why I Look At Girls - Poem by Christian Langworthy

I look at girls as an act of escapism
while reading books at Barnes & Noble
on the death of poetry. I look at girls
because I think Darryl Hannah was perfect
in the role of a cave woman.
I look at girls especially when I have my beer
goggles on. I look at girls for ideological reasons
I have yet to ponder. I look at girls
when Baywatch isn't on.
I look at girls left exposed by the fall
of the "Iron Curtain" & I look
jealously at the half-a-billion comrades
lusting after Chairman Mao behind the Great China Wall,
but most of all, I look at girls as I am an agent
for the CIA. I look at girls who check out other men.
I look at girls who lust after girls. I look at girls though
sometimes I am frightened to death after
taking my beer goggles off. I look at girls
for intellectual reasons, correlating Marxism,
gender, & Colonialism from Mary Wollstonecraft
to Jamaica Kincaid. I look at girls despite
the fact that Molly Ringwald can't act. I look
at girls based on the recommendation of my therapist
who says I need to break out of my shyness
maybe next year. I look at girls ever since I dated
an American Gladiator known in the business as "Ice"
who likes to beat people up. I look at girls
to get back at City Hall for closing down
PeepWorld. I look at girls who return my glance
because I am a sensitive, considerate man.
I look at girls in Hollywood
even if they're on Heidi Fleiss' payroll.
I look at girls who study the paintings of
Van Gogh, Bonnard, Matisse,
and some other famous guys I can only remember
with the help of a Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
brochure. I look at girls who read Rousseau,
Locke, and Rawls and then again, I look at girls who
aren't cross-eyed after reading Rawls, Locke,
& Rousseau. I look at girls when no one
else looks at them because I am a sensitive, considerate
man. I look at girls who aren't really girls,
but never for more than a second
& never twice. I look at girls on film.
I look at girls who grow older.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Originally published in Fence,2001.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 19, 2012


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