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From: Community Literacy Journal
Volume 8, Issue 1, Fall 2013
pp. 93-94 | 10.1353/clj.2013.0014

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Just 17 laying in a hospital bed
Cradling me
What kind of man did you hope I would be?

Creating illusions
Your premeditated predictions
dream and fantasize the man wanted out of me
I'm seventeen years old
trying to figure out what "man" means.
Society got me twisted
deadbeats to heartthrobs
drug dealers and political leaders
famous sports men to businessmen in suits

What kind of stereotype of a man did you want me to be?

I never thought you'd want me to be
A man using sugar coated kisses
treating women like bitches
Squandering for cash in empty pockets
Pockets empty
Checks flying away
Like my dignity
Supporting unforgiving ex-wives
Suspected you wanted a
ladies man
out of me

I believed dad was the perfect man
I could be
Owning mistakes
like pastors own beliefs
Taking responsibilities
instead of taking risks
Giving up teenage years
like alcoholics give up liquor
Is that the kind of man you expect me to be?
I can't be
I'm not the type to raise a family at 17.

Image your first born
a homo.
Fathoming that your son would kiss boys
play with girl toys
trade in
pregnancies for adoption agencies
for the right of equal marriage opportunities
Was that ever the kind of man you dreamt I would be?
you fear what life is going to be
unaccepting school kids
who use cruel games,
gain power over sexual minorities.
If ever being put down as a fag
homosexual being
I would have the strength
to stand on my own two feet
keep my composure
because motherly arms taught me how to do so.
Isn't that the kind of man you wanted me to be.

How do you even define a man?

Dictionaries say
"Man" an adult who has opposite
characteristics of a woman
Definition two said
"generic use of the word referring to human beings"
example: "it is every man for himself"
Suggested that a male person has to "play significant role in the life
(as in a husband or a boyfriend or a lover)
of a particular-

Not needing shallow Webster's or dictionaries with hollow meanings
Telling me what a man is
Mother taught me how to respect
not only women
but human beings

If definition of "man" is male
who loves a human
Yes mom
I am a man

I love you dearly.

Copyright © 2013 Community Literacy Journal
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Taylor, Z.(2013). Man. Community Literacy Journal 8(1), 93-94. Community Literacy Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Zack Taylor. "Man." Community Literacy Journal 8, no. 1 (2013): 93-94. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed December 9, 2013).
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JF - Community Literacy Journal
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SP - 93
EP - 94
PY - 2013
PB - Community Literacy Journal
SN - 2162-6324
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N1 - Volume 8, Issue 1, Fall 2013
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