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A poem for Nigel Hayes and his “beautiful” comment

Nigel Hayes of the Wisconsin Badgers was slightly embarrassed when his comment meant for the guys was broadcast to everyone in the room. Are beautiful women all men talk about when they are alone?

I had to share the poem that Hayes’ words reminded me of…

What Men Talk About When the Women Leave the Room

The room itself. The women. The absence of women
in the room. What the absence of women does
to a room. The sound of all those women getting

up and leaving; all of them at once, like wild
birds or hunger. How the world can be conquered
if only…Just don’t tell the women.

What the absence of women will do to men
eventually. Fears. Men talk about fears, bad
dreams, women leaving, the room swelling with

the absence of women. Bad dreams have a way
of walking in the room when the women leave.
Each dream is an afterimage of a women leaving.

-poem by Dionisio D. Martinez

From a blog post at the Washington Post about Nigel Hayes and his “beautiful” comment…

…Surveying the press conference throng, Hayes turned toward Kaminsky, seated to his right, and whispered, “God, she’s beautiful.”

We know he whispered that because — hello — his microphone was on. You know, the same mic into which he had just leaned said “syzygy.” Hayes heard laughter and asked the assembled group, “Did you hear that?”…


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