Fathers caught up in the Rapture!

Abioye Munashe By Abioye Munashe, 26th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1rqp9fqt/
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Where are all the good men? Are they lying dead on the streets in the ghetto? Are they in jails? Women and children are left behind in what appears to be the rapture of fathers. This poem describes the reality of many homes and a phenomenon that is spreading throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

A New Picture

As a young boy I looked through my windows into my society,
But all I saw was negativity composing and constructing masculinity,
All I saw were tainted images of manhood in my neighbourhood,
With women hurt while children were abandoned and this little boy
hoping to become a BIG man was forced to focus outside the home
since daddy was not there.

I resisted the essence of femininity and rebelled,
So although mummy tried her best to raise me I still rebelled.
I hope you would understand that mummy was not a man,
And I was a boy…a male…hoping so much to become a “Big Man,”
So I quickly pulled away from mummy’s hands since she wore curlers
and dresses I wore pants.
I repelled the surrounds of femininity in the home
and gazed outside but all I saw outside were guns and gang violence,
and mothers hurting, crying and shouting, "You are just like your father!"
And the father outside hunting for another ‘child-mother'
to ‘conquer’ and boast to the world of how much a ‘man’ he is.
What kind of madness is this?

But though I was a little boy hurt by what I saw,
I wanted so much to be a man that I,
Was forced to adopt sub-standards since that was all I saw of men!
I turned on the radio but all I heard was,
“Woman don't like…woman don't like…woman don't like soft man.”
I don’t want to be a 'soft man' and I definitely don’t want
to be called a sissy.
According to Professor Barry Chevannes,
‘Being a man to me was much more necessary than morality.’
And all I heard was, “Men are bad! men are bad! men are bad!"
So if BAD was what manhood meant, then away with morality,
Because a boy I am… and a man is what… I really want to be.

But when the blinders fell from my eyes what did I saw a different masculinity,
I saw daddy walking his baby and a husband living in monogamy.
I saw men in schools learning and reading, many books without being emasculated;
I saw a man clothed with designs from Genesis to Revelation,
And proudly wearing his signature designs throughout the nation.
On the contrary…I also saw society the artist with brushes and pictures painted,
But tainted images of masculinity.
Where were the good pictures?

Society!
Throw away those old brushes and old paint!
You are an artist and artists do not wear blinders!
Repaint the image of masculinity but this time showing the world
the responsible daddies and loving husbands…let boys and men know
that this new picture is the true image of manhood - a beautiful picture
of responsibility,
'Daddy's Day Care' and a romantic evening winning and dining his wife.

Ah!
A sign of relief to the young boy,
Because now he can be what he always wanted to be
Without the jeers and peers from the guys or shouts of ‘sissy’
‘Look men on television cooking, doing the laundry and caring for the baby!’
A man with bible in hand leading his family to God;
Now this boy knows what kind of man he wants to be.

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author avatar Abioye Munashe
Abioye received awards of “Poet of the Month” from Poetic Vibes in January 2009 and January 2011. See More of him http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrl1YBWPBoc&feature=player_detailpage

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
29th May 2011 (#)

Abioye Munashe,

Very powerful expressions!

You're a poet of excellence.

Your poetic voice hints me this poem by Maya Angelou:

"The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom."

Great voices.

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author avatar Abioye Munashe
29th May 2011 (#)

Rathnashikamani thanks for the support

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author avatar Abioye Munashe
29th May 2011 (#)

to see more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrl1YBWPBoc&feature=player_detailpage

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author avatar Abioye Munashe
29th May 2011 (#)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmRX45CBEz0&feature=player_detailpage

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