Missouri men's lacrosse coach Kyle Hawkins watches the campers at his lacrosse camp. Hawkins has been coping with the problems of being the nation's first openly gay male coach on the collegiate level.
—Photo caption, AOL News
What next for a homeland we once held dear,
What more for the red-state folks to endure
Now that Coach Hawkins has come out as queer?
It’s bad enough that gay marriage is here –
How can marriage for straight folks endure
In a homeland even perverts hold dear?
How’d you like your son, a star, to appear
On that lacrosse field, where jocks should be pure,
Now Coach is a magnet for players who’re queer?
Think of the locker room as a place to leer
At young men’s gear – it’s too much to endure:
Straight players whose coach beholds them as dears.
Yet I recall Coach Blair, my junior year,
Whose patting our butts we had to endure –
Could he have been another coach who’s queer?
But he made our team champs year after year,
And Hawkins wins titles for Missouri –
So maybe, just maybe, we can endure
A coach who’s a winner although he’s queer.