To one lucky fella, we can definitely say that Frank Ocean is thinkin’ bout you.
The Grammy-winning artist released two long-awaited albums within 48 hours in 2016, the visual film Endless and the more-traditional Blonde. But those weren’t the only gifts we got from the enigmatic singer-songwriter who loves pushing the boundaries.
In addition to all the new music, Frank launched a magazine titled, Boys Don’t Cry, with original photography and contributions from Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and other friends. But the most notable contribution in Boys Don’t Cry comes from Frank himself.
In the magazine, Frank published his poem titled “Boyfriend,” about “the only one.” Equally powerful and adorable, the poem takes us back to June 2015 when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
“They let me and my boyfriend become married,” Frank Ocean writes, before adding how him and his boyfriend “have it going on” sleeping in t-shirts with their legs strewn across each other’s laps.
This is not the first time that Frank Ocean has opened up about a special same-sex relationship. In 2012, the singer confessed to having previously fallen in love with a man. Earlier this summer, he also wrote an emotional essay following the Orlando tragedy.”I read in the paper that my brothers are being thrown from rooftops blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs for violating sharia law,” Frank wrote. In the essay, the singer includes himself as part of the LGBT community in its collective desire for marriage equality and using the “correct restroom.”
Originally, Boys Don’t Cry was expected at various Apple Stores, but it turned out to be available in just four pop-up shops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London. If you weren’t able to score a copy of the magazine, below is Frank Ocean’s “Boyfriend” poem, as well as a few photos that appeared exclusively in Boys Don’t Cry.
“Boyfriend” by Frank Ocean
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 boyfriend 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 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