I figured I’d try something new. I’m hoping to start a dialogue or at least garner some kind of response.
“Making A Man” by Nixon Waterman is a poem I discovered not too long ago in a crusty poetry book from Goodwill. Take this opportunity to read and respond to it in the comment section below. I’m curious to hear your thoughts. It could be a word, a sentence, a paragraph or two. Let’s talk!
Making a Man
by Nixon Waterman
Hurry the baby as fast as you can,
Hurry him, worry him, make him a man.
Off with his baby clothes, get him in pants,
Feed him on brain foods and make him advance.
Hustle him, soon as he’s able to walk,
Into a grammar school; cram him with talk.
Fill his poor head full of figures and facts,
Keep on a-jamming them in till it cracks.
Once boys grew up at a rational rate,
Now we develop a man while you wait,
Rush him through college, compel him to grab
Of every known subject a dip or a dab.
Get him in business and after the cash,
All by the time he can grow a mustache.
Let him forget he was ever a boy,
Make gold his god and its jingle his joy.
Keep him a-hustling and clear out of breath,
Until he wins – nervous prostration and death.
What parts standout? How does it speak into mental illness in men? How does it speak into your life? What is your personal response?
What do you think? Comment below, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet me at @daddingdepressd.