Birthday

superheroish:

I wonder if this is how my father felt when he turned 20.
Did he have the same thoughts dwelling his mind?
I want to ask him,
What does it mean to be a man?

Father,
Tell me,
Am I a man yet?

Did you ever ponder?
Was I a man the day I turned 18?
Am I a man because I’m 20?
Is manhood more than a number of years?
Would anyone define my manhood
By the number of girls’ hearts I’ve broken?
Perhaps, it’s quite the opposite.
Maybe I became a man when
I let a girl break my heart.

Did you count your age by the number of times
Your fist struck another man’s jaw?
Did you count your age by the number of times
You walked away and didn’t throw that punch?
When do I become a man?

It wasn’t the day I light my first cigarette,
I refuse to believe so,
It was an awful way to greet the rest of my life.
And I refuse to believe adulthood was at the bottom of my first beer,
Though life can be bitter and sting just as hard.
No, these things don’t make men out of boys.

So tell me,
When is it the right time to put away childish ways?
Tell me, for you,
It was today, 20 years ago.

How did it feel to meet the eyes of your son
For the first time.
Was it that day when you put away your childish ways?

I don’t want to ask you,
Because I’d like to believe that at that moment you became a man
And I inherited your childhood.
Yes, I’d rather not wonder what happens to childhood.
I like to tell people that you gave it to me.
Perhaps one day,
I will pass on my childhood in the same manner. 

I don’t think I should dedicate this day to myself.
I think 20 years ago,
On this day,
Father and I exchanged gifts.
Father gave me life
And I gave
Him
Fatherhood. 

nuhtawshuhhh:

Spoken word marathon. This is wonderful.

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giraffepoliceforce:

Unsure of how to confess your love to someone? Try this:

  1. Acquire several dozen limes.
  2. Go up to them and then drop all the limes.
  3. Start picking them up, but keep dropping them. The clumsier you look the better.
  4. Keep doing this until you have their attention (this could take up to thirty minutes).
  5. Finally gather up the limes. Try looking a bit sheepish.
  6. Look them deeply in the eyes and say, “Sorry. I’m bad at Pickup Limes.”
  7. Marry them.

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(p. 106)Silverstein, Shel. Everything on It: Poems and Drawings. New York: Harper, 2011. Print.

(p. 106)

Silverstein, Shel. Everything on It: Poems and Drawings. New York: Harper, 2011. Print.

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