1. "Time Off For Good Behavior Of course it stops. If you lie down In the dark, your heart unburdens itself As gladly as you, taking small comfort From what you manage to dream, not beating (Since you’re no longer there to listen) At the cage-bars of your breastbone. Why should it throb all night without you? All day, telling itself its time Is passing, passing away, it counted On you to be different, not the grudging And bloody-minded, skin-tight jailor Making his rounds, jangling his key-ring. But you did nothing new to persuade it Hearts must earn their keep in The Night To be pardoned someday, forgiven, even Given away for good to someone. So it waits for that moment when you fall Asleep, off-guard. Then it stops cold."
- David Wagoner, Landfall: Poems
2. " with him to his house, strip off butch leather jacket, skin-tight Levi's, shirt and cowboy boots and take a naked, sullen young athlete, in the wrestling bout of his pleasure. But George doesn't want the bought unwilling bodies of these boys. He wants to rejoice in his own body—the tough triumphant old body of a survivor. The body that has outlived Jim and is going to outlive Doris."
- Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man