Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What Makes a Man a Man

In honor of national poetry month, I'm going to post a poem. Thanks to Terrance over at Pam's place for the idea.

So many times we have to pay
For having fun and being gay
It's not amusing
There's always those that spoil our games
By finding fault and calling names
Always accusing
They draw attention to themselves
At the expense of someone else
It's so confusing
Yet they make fun of how i talk
And imitate the way i walk
Tell me if you can
What makes a man a man

~ Marc Almond, "What Makes a Man a Man?

Ok, so maybe this is a song, not a poem, and maybe it's British (so it'd be odd to use for National Poetry Month), but still, it's good.


If you'd like to participate in National Poetry Month too, you can sign up to receive a Poem A Day written by a budding young writer. You'll get a new poem every weekday in April. You'll be glad you did--these poems are the highlight of my days in April.

The Poem A Day program is offered by Writers in the Schools, a great literacy non-profit that teaches the joy of creative writing to elementary through high school-aged students.


At 14/4/07 1:48 PM, Anonymous Mark said...

I have heard/seen this song performed quite a number of times.......usually as the final number in by a drag queen as she transforms back into aguy in front of the audience. It never fails to move me, as it challenges all or pre-conceptions of what makes us who we are and how others might see us. To me it is a celebration of our diversity.

At 17/4/07 1:15 PM, Blogger Brady said...

I'd love to see the song performed that way, Mark, thanks for telling me about it!


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