Yiling Ding

Rookie (1990)

Don'T Treat Me Like A Man - Poem by Yiling Ding

Some people's hands
are smaller than mine.

Sometimes, she picks mine up
and pulls at my thick fingers.
She playfully draws circles
in the palm of my great hand.
Her's is about half
the size of mine. It
makes me feel a little

Some people's arms
are weaker than mine.

Sometimes, they ask me
to twist open bottle caps.
I get asked to lift things around
though I can't say
I'm all that strong at all. Maybe
my bulkiness
makes people think that
I'm a little
tougher than I am.

So I like boys
with larger hands,
with greater shoulders,
and stronger arms.

Sometimes I think it's nice
to be the female one.
I like being looked after and
patted on my head.
I like being helped with
my heavy luggage and bags.
I think it's nice to feel
like there's some woman
still inside me.
So please,
don't treat me like a man.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 4, 2008

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