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What I Know About Manhood
by Gillis Triplett
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Many women are demanding that their boyfriends and husbands step up and be men. And here is the response some of them are getting...


What I know about manhood
I didnít learn from my father
In my quest for manhood
It was impliedÖ
Why bother

My pops, I was told
Was a charming rolling stone
Heíd hit it and quit it
And wham bam
He was gone

My moms, yea, she was bitter
Straight up mad at all men
Sheíd cold cock a brother
Right across his chin

Olí girl had a chip on her shoulder
That was larger than life
She fumed, pouted and cried
About being another manís wife
By that I mean
My moms married four times
She kinda inspired me
To write this painful rhyme

You see when moms was young
She thought her power was in her sex
She gave it away freely
Till she got caught in some mess
By mess I mean
Well you know the deal
Moms got 15 to 25
For putting one of her lovers on chill
She didnít mean to kill him
Least that what she said
She caught her pretty boy
Getting his groove on
In my mamaís bed

Thatís how it always went
With my mamaís choice of men
She liked them hard bodies and playa's
Blunts and 100 proof gin
She liked to get her freak on
To her life was just a party
ShhhÖ rumor isÖ
Mamma even tried the girls
While sippin Coca Cola and Bacardi

What I know about manhood
Man, be for real, P-L-E-A-S-E!
Iím strugglingÖ
Trying to get clean
From the HIV disease
I got burned by a female
Who was livin like just my mother
That little fine thing was HIV positive
But she kept it undercover

To compound the matter
Iíve got to go to back court
Because one of my babyís mamas
Sued me for child support
You havenít figured it out by now?
Yeah, Iím catching pure hell
The family court judge told me
Iíve got to pay child support
Or go to jail!

What I know about manhood
Obviously not very much
I learned from the crude and rude
Who were clearly out of touch
My heroes and my mentors?
Itís shameful and embarrassing
But you should know the type
They floss on MTV and BET
But its all false bravado and hype

Iíd like leave a message
To my father Iíve never known
Maybe Iíll see you soon
When you make heaven your home
I hope thatís where Iíll see you
Seems like weíll never meet on planet earth
Maybe weíll bump into each other one day
Who knows maybe Iíll see you in a church

Nah, thatís just wishful thinking
Itís a dream thatíll never come true
My granny used to tell me
A manís got to do
What a manís got to do
I never knew what she meant
More than half the time
Thatís why I was inspired
To write this shameful rhyme

What I know about manhood
I couldnít learn from my father
He was pimp, playa, rolling stone
Who clearly didnít want to bother
Not with the children he sired
His girlfriends or his wife
Pops hardened his heart
Flipped the script
Told all his womenÖ
Go get a life!

What I know about manhood
I simply cannot say
I never had a man to teach me
Lead or guide me or show me the way.

© Copyright Gillis Triplett 2005 

  
 

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Reviewed by Udun tono 1/26/2009
im so speechless ...great job
Reviewed by alejapoet@aol.com Bennett 2/21/2006
WOW! deep, real, sad, emotional, life, fatherless, motherless, dissapointments, loneliness, disease! All this in one poem!! Bravo! Excellent! Great!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/16/2005
so sad this is, gillis...then people wonder why so many kids today aer so screwed up, they haven't been taught right from wrong, and they haven't had a caring family to teach them. a sad slice of reality; but very well conveyed in a chilling and readable way! well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Sue Hess 3/16/2005
this is chilling...its a shame what we teach our children...and i speak from experience



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