Harold Norse

born:New York City - died: San Francisco
Harold Norse
born:New York City - died: San Francisco
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I Am Not A Man

Rating: 4.7

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.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Maurice Collins 14 January 2016

i can relate to this, very beautiful

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Velene Campbell 19 August 2009

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

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Mary Nagy 04 October 2005

Very interesting poem Harold. Sincerely, Mary

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Stephanie van Oudtshoorn 04 October 2005

so simple yet speaks such truth. well done.

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Pha Thanh Gian 04 October 2005

Great work! Very thoughtful and sincere. Bravo.

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