In The Company of Men

My heart is grateful
Nourished by new strength;
I release an old fear.

For many years friendships (with men)

Fallen by the wayside.
I return with fresh groove
A slinky thing; I enjoy
That we hold each other
Like a cat wishing to be stroked;

I am content.


At the end of a 12 week session (once a week) Debtford painters have grasped my inner groove;

Alan Norman's imaginative take - I wore neither diving nor gimp costume, and he knew nothing of my fetish past!

Ray Markwick's interpretation