Mpho Petrus Manwedi

Barkly West/South Africa
Mpho Petrus Manwedi
Barkly West/South Africa

Be A Man

Rating: 4.5
I was yanked from my mother’s womb
Pushed into this world
Without a choice
Slapped on my behind
Without dignity and told,
Go out there and be a man

I was given toy cars and guns to play with
Thrown into this rough and tumble playground
Nobody cared for the boy inside
Nobody ever took note of him
When I came home crying to Mama,
Mama would say, son, men do not cry
Go out there and be a man

I went to school to learn
Not to give but to take
Not to love but to hate
The schoolyard was a jungle
Survival of the fittest was the order
The teacher would always say
When you came complaining
This is a man’s world
Go out there and be a man.

Today I have a woman
Wants to be hugged and loved
Showered with tender words and kisses
But I don’t know about that
I never had me a doll to coo and cuddle
All I ever had were toys of destruction
And the tender words of guidance
Go out there and be a man.
Sunday, July 2, 2006
Lawrence Beck 02 July 2006
This is a fine poem. It's about something important. It has excellent imagery, and it's very well written. Larry Beck
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Sonny Rainshine 02 July 2006
Certainly miles of truth in this poem. Society's rigid gender rules affect both sexes, often tragically. We do have a choice, we can go along with all these rules about being a man or a woman, and reap the obvious rewards of being an obedient servant, or we can refuse. I cry all the time. I'm a regular cry-baby and proud of it. I'm not so sure that our manhood should be gaged on how active our tear ducts or-or how deeply we feel the things that happen to us here on this earth. Thank you for the poem.
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Michael Shepherd 02 July 2006
Reckon your inner man's doing fine if he's so wise, Mpho!
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