I went to the Straight Pride Parade

I’ve just been to the straight pride parade
I gasped at the masks and the costumes that they made
I offered a salute to the striding blokes with banners
Proudly raising up their porn mags and their spanners

I’ve just been to the straight pride parade
There was a lovely beer tent though I asked for lemonade
Striding proud in line in a slouchy kind of way
Shuffling and lollopping and none of them were gay

All of them were very straight, butch and masculine
And I felt strange stirrings of something down within
To watch all these straight guys belch and march and fart
Did some very odd things to the depths of my heart

I’ve just been to the straight pride fete
All of them moustachioed and several called me mate
None of them wore sequins though a few had anoraks
And then they took their shirts off and rubbed sun cream on their backs

I’ve just been to the straight pride fair
I’d never seen so many definitely straight men there
Straight straight straight straight that was one of their chants
And then they took their clothes off and pranced around in their pants

I had a great time at the straight pride parade
Blokey blokey blokey blokey straight pride parade
Marching proud in line with the world at their feet
But Every day is straight pride day on every single street

Author: Robert Garnham

Performance and spoken word artist.

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