Harold Norse

Rookie (1916 - 2009 / born:New York City - died: San Francisco)

I Am Not A Man - Poem by Harold Norse

I am not a man. I can’t earn a living, buy new things for my family. I have acne and a small peter.

I am not a man. I don’t like football, boxing and cars. I like to express my feelings. I even like to put my arm around my friend’s shoulder.

I am not a man. I won’t play the role assigned to me – the role created by Madison Avenue, Playboy, Hollywood and Oliver Cromwell. Television does not dictate my behavior.

I am not a man. Once when I shot a squirrel I swore that I would never kill again. I gave up meat. The sight of blood makes me sick. I like flowers.

I am not a man. I went to prison for resisting the draft. I do not fight when real men beat me up and call me queer. I dislike violence

I am not a man. I have never raped a woman. I don’t hate blacks. I don’t get emotional when the flag is waved. I do not think I should love America or leave it. I think I should laugh at it.

I am not a man. I have never had the clap.

I am not a man. Playboy is not my favorite magazine.

I am not a man. I cry when I’m unhappy.

I am not a man. I do not feel superior to women.

I am not a man. I don’t wear a jockstrap.

I am not a man. I write poetry.

I am not a man. I meditate on Peace and Love.

I am not a man. I don’t want to destroy you.

Comments about I Am Not A Man by Harold Norse

  • Rookie Velene Campbell (8/19/2009 11:57:00 PM)

    I love this poem. Harold Norse was a great poet, and I hope that he will receive the recognition that he deserves. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Mary Nagy (10/4/2005 7:11:00 PM)

    Very interesting poem Harold. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stephanie van Oudtshoorn (10/4/2005 5:48:00 PM)

    so simple yet speaks such truth. well done. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pha Thanh Gian (10/4/2005 5:08:00 PM)

    Great work! Very thoughtful and sincere. Bravo. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 4, 2013

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