Distinguished judges, leather family and friends:
Tonight, I'd like to share with you what it means to me to be a Leatherman. I dedicate these thoughts to the memory of Robert Davolt, and to all those whom we have loved and lost.
Rope, shackles, dungeon, sling.
Safe, consensual, sane and fun,
Slave's heart, Master's will,
Mentor's guidance, lover's care,
Tom of Finland, Gold Coast Bar,
Soaked in history, drenched in sweat,
Leather souls, no longer here,
Black and blue, white and red,
Tailored hides - my second skin,
Now, as our year comes to a start,
Cover, gauntlet, harness, glove.
... Heartbeat.... LOVE.
Photo credit: Dave Harris
Copyright © Michael Egdes 2005. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission