Frank Ocean Describes His Ideal Boyfriend In 'Boys Don't Cry' Poem

Frank Ocean Describes His Ideal Boyfriend In 'Boys Don't Cry' Poem

He pours his heart out in beautiful prose.

Published August 21st

After years of drought, Frank Ocean unleashed a tidal wave of new content on us this weekend, including two albums and a magazine filled with poetry and photography. 

The singer recruited some big names to contribute work to the 'zine, called Boys Don't Cry, including Kanye West and Lil B. But the most talked-about work from the journal is a poem Ocean penned himself, called "Boyfriend." 

The work reads like a sweet reflection on his ideal companion (or, is it a musing on someone who's already in his life?) filled with personal details.

Here's the full transcript of the poem:

my boyfriend drives a lil bucket 
when it rain it fills up with rain 
my boyfriend he gon pick me up 
don't distract him at the wheel 
in his lane 
he's the only one 

my boyfriend he misses me when i'm gone 
so he don't forget me 
there's a song he sings 
calms his nerve, endings 
my boyfriend is friendly
and we don't want no problems 

i could say that i'm happy
they let me and my boyfriend become married 
i could say that i'm happy 
but cross my heart i didn't notice 
hope to die no never, we voted 
me and my boyfriend cast our ballot 
every kiss reads like a poem 
making wrongs right like a poem 

i couldn't say i dream of you 
because my dreams are filled with no one 
and all is lost 
me and my boyfriends we found 
we don't hope for beyonds at all 
me and my boyfriend spend time 
and that's all i'm holding on 
this time 

we got permission 
nothing's above condition 
but this ain't a thang 
it's a mission 

can't join the band so sing along 
me and my boyfriend got it going on 
sleep with fans and t shirts on 
asleep in vans your legs all strewn 
across my lap
tan lines where your watch was strapped 
you took it off to make time 

cut your hair 
you left it long 
i love to stare 
there's nothing wrong 
and if i die while i'm asleep 
i pray to God my boyfriend 
keeps my secret 
peace 

Beautiful.

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival)

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