A Public Male Ritual

I enter the sanctified domain of the Penis God. Immediately, the first dilemma presents itself: Urinal or cubicle? Which to choose? Who’s about?

I sidle up to the trough with faux swagger. Do I stand on the metal grill or off it? Fuck, there’s piss all over the grill! My shoes will never be the same again. That guys’s standing on it, if I don’t, I’ll just be adding my piss to the problem.

Decision made, I step up to the plate. I look edgeways at the dude next to me. An unspoken agreement between us not to look. Or pretend not to.

Out it comes like a separate being. Not constricted and potentially subject to ridicule, but loose and ready to spring into action. Phew! A reflection of percevied normality.

A conduit of waste this time. Not of connection, pleasure and seed.

An unbroken stream emerges, a tad too yellow by half. Damn, how’s this guy gonna know I took a slow release multi vitamin this morning?

A deep inhalation, almost done. As the steaming residue flows into the stinking drain I shake, but not too much. Just enough to prevent drip off. Pop it back in, zip up and oh fuck! Still wet………….Will I smell like Urea for the rest of the day now?

All over in less than sixty seconds. I turn, step down, wash, dry, no eye contact and out the door. Like a new man I enter the temple of the shopping god where I will faithfully begin the next ritual…and consume.

A Public Male Ritual


Sydney, Australia

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Artist's Description

I’ve always been fascinated by the ritualistic nature of public male urniation, in particular when there are urinals or troughs involved. So much contextual richness in such a small public and temporal space. So many thoughts provoked.

Finally got around to writing about it. Yay!

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