Dear dad: Don't make a man out of me. (a poem)

FoR eveRy PeRson wResTLlinG w/ 'MascuLiniTy.'

Dear dad:

Don't make a man out of
me.
You'Re trying to make me stRonG
But I'm enough as I am to Belong.
pLease don't maKe a
man ouT of Me.

eveRyone Has feeLinGS,
eveRyone cRies.
LiKe we aLL must poop
anD we aLL must die.

this woRld wiLL
judge my sinKs + floaTs
But if you teach me
to Be wise,
I can BuiLD its peopLe boaTS.
You miGHt Be tRying to
HelP me suCCeeD,
it won't Happen
maKinG a man out of me.

I like trucks +
baLLet BaRs.
I can dance
OR
Be the fiRst to Live
on maRs.

chess cLub is as vaLiD
as cHeeRLeaDinG,
pLease OH pLeaSe
don't maKe a man
out of Me.

YouR fatHeR
His fatHeR
HeR fatHeR too
feLt wHat aLL men
tHink they shouLD do.
But what if
We LeaRneD to autHentiCaLLy
See PeoPLe LiKe me?
pLease -
don't maKe a man
out of me.

wHetHeR I gRow taLL
I'll aLways
Sometimes feeL smaLL.
No one can Live w/O pain.
Like tHose men
tHat man
He tHey HeR say,
no Pain
no ^emotionaL gain.

MayBe I'll be a quaRteRBaCK
GoaLie
oR fORWaRD staRT
RegaRdLess of my cHoices
judge me
by my HeaRT.

 

photo: "FATHER AND SON" by Maeka alexis

Kendall Crouther