Why I Love Wayne Gretzky—an Erotic Fantasy
Billeh Nickerson Because he knows what to do with pucks, slapshots, wristshots, all that intricate stickwork as he slips through defencemen, shoots between the legs & scores. Because he likes to pretend I’m the Zamboni & he the filthy ice. Because even if he’s tired he’ll perk up whenever I sing O Canada. Because sometimes my dyslexia makes me see a giant sixty-nine on his back. Because he’s always ready for overtime— because he never shoots then snores. Because he understands the importance of a good organ player. Because he calls me his stick boy. Because he likes to be tied up with the laces from his skates.
Because behind every great man
it feels good.
From Hammer & Tongs, a poetry anthology edited by Brad Cran and published by Smoking Lung Press in 1999 and reprinted in Geist No. 36.