‘Stu’: a portrait poem

The loveable chav football lover
with a penchant for OCD
The biggest, most generous heart
and, at other times, the foulest mouth,
surprising me with his occasional uncharacteristic anger
at small personal traits
the exceptions to the rule of his outgoing, widespread warmth.
Informing me of his justification
while carefully arranging beer mats in a flat square fortress around his drink.
Always happy to play the fool, butt the jokes,
Anything to keep the peace and to keep alive the easy flow of conversation and good vibes.
A recently matured thirst for acting and writing
driving passion through his eyes and mouth
as he forms impressive foam feats
on cappuccinos and lattes
smirking with shy pride and pushing your sculpted luxury toward you across the counter,
with a discount and a wink.
A loving partner contented in his situation,
waiting to become a loving husband and father.


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