Spot me bro

in between bench presses and gangsta rap
men will fistbump and huff
then talk, talk in the way men talk
saying nothing
eventually a camaraderie develops
and soon you know who’s going through what
this guy does two hours of cardio five days a week
and sometimes strength on Sundays
he’s running from a divorce,
this bullish teen with raggedy breath
staggers round the punching bag
tired of being bullied he says
i teach him to breathe with his hits
like this, eesh eeessshh eeeeshhh in threes,
baldy with the rose tattoo calls himself a PT
but only trains blondes with tank tops,
retired officer with grey beard and cabled arms
admits having three daughters is tougher than catching criminals,
in between dumbbell lunges, this wiry man says
this is how I sweat away depression
and you can see happiness in his pores,
if men spotted each other like we do in the gym
my word, war will cease and men will live.

Beware of men in suits

Beware of men in suits

Who dress up our young guns

To fight their vendettas and feuds

 

Beware of men in suits

Who belittle black boys

Prejudice is under their hoods

 

Beware of men in suits

Who market salvation to heathens

It’s free, should you choose

 

Beware of men in suits

With high IQ’s and tinted convoys

A triple dip recession is one of their fruits

 

Beware of men in suits

Who malign the poor and curse ex-cons

Yet their wealth is a source of great dispute

 

Beware of men in suits

Who we elect as guardians

Yet on pressing matters remain mute

 

Beware of men in suits

Who create aid foundations

But in weaponry their shares distribute

 

Beware of men in suits

Who preach democracy and union

Yet wheel out racist rhetoric for votes to recruit

 

Beware of men in suits

Who embrace working class veterans

Yet with the upper echelon they are in cahoots 

 

Beware of men in suits

Who for ‘the old days’ fawn

They are scared of women in suits

 

Beware of women in suits too

Who paint glass ceilings as illusions

Only to the status quo do they contribute

                                                     

But mostly beware of men in suits

Who tell us to be more like men in suits