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What Makes a Man

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What Makes a Man

The trees have shivered cold,
And their leaves have lost their gold;
Oh they'll never see the sun again
'Till they escape from natures hold

I know what makes a boy,
Behind the pocket of his pants
Oh I'll walk the line,
I'll walk the line
But he'll never make me dance

But what makes a man?
What makes a man?
Is it one that doesn't play?
Oh I'll lay with him,
I'll lay with him
But that man can't make me stay

I'll hold your hand and stay with you
As long as you would want me to
But don't tie me up
Or push me down
'Cause that's when I won't follow through

What makes a man
Is it a dominating stance?
Oh I'll stand with him,
I'll stand with him
But he'll never make me dance

Sending shivers down his spine
Where's your heart of gold?
I'm sorry I can't call you mine
But I won't do as I'm told

Well I may not know what makes a man
But I guess I know what breaks a man
It's a lady dressed like me -
In pale skin, head dipped in gold
Oh, I might sleep in your arms tonight
But I'm still not in your hold

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  1. Date: 2/6/2013 12:43:00 PM
    Nice exploration into the masculine gender role. What prompted the investigation? You don't have to tell lol, just curious. This to me, I mean except obvious physical distinctions and law, is a philosophical topic. I will enjoy reading this again. Nice poem.

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    Date: 2/8/2013 9:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I was with somebody who was extremely controlling and thought that since I had strong feelings for him he could manipulate me into doing whatever he wanted. He was 22, so he had this complex that he was a "grown ass man" and very "mature" and better than me since I am only 16. Well that simply is not true. :)
  1. Date: 6/13/2012 11:44:00 AM
    great write,love your mind Dana

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 4:54:00 PM
    Thanks for the honor of placing in your contest..Interesting work that you have written here..Sara

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 6:37:00 AM
    I have enjoyed reading your excellent writing this morning Dana'lynn. I hope you will continue to write and share your words with us. Have a wonderful weekend filled with joy and love. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/31/2012 3:26:00 PM
    Well written, and in total control. Love it!

  1. Date: 5/31/2012 3:24:00 PM
    I love your poem. You wrote it really well. I like the style.

  1. Date: 5/31/2012 2:36:00 PM
    A poem with some good advice and very well written Dana`lynn, thank you. - oxox love Anne-Lise