Frank Avon


Shorty - Poem by Frank Avon

Men have to be well under 5'8'
to be considered short.
I know. I'm 5'8' and I look down
on everyone else.

All the other men in my family
were tall,6' or taller:
I grew up assuming that I
was just as tall as they were.

It worked. I've been tall
ever since. Some Hollywood stars,
an article proclaimed,
are shorter than you think.

Why, Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone
are only 5'7'. And Robert Downey, Jr.
only 5'9'. So? Who declared they're
short? Let him stand against them.

Tall is in you mind.
Ask any pygmy chief why.
Tall is what you are
when you hold your head up high.

Dark and handsome?
Maybe not. Doesn't matter.
But tall? Oh yeah,
on your own two feet, you're tall!


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, September 22, 2014


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