Be This, Be That

Be This, Be That

A Poem by Ian Faraway

A reflection on today's societies and expectation of gender roles.

Hidden beneath clouds of make up 
Lies a girl with tears in her eyes
Wanting nothing but a love that is true
To hold her as she holds her own kids
Whose fathers only wanted her body
When she thought there was more between them

She's the one who needs make up
To make herself feel pretty
No matter how many times you tell her
She's beautiful without it
She'll shake her head at those words
Not believing that she's a goddess

I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
That's she's not the only one
To hide her beauty behind make up
Because they feel ugly without it
And will go unnoticed in this world

Hidden beneath his tough exterior
Is a boy lost in such a huge world
Wanting to love and be loved
To be held but knows he can't
Because being a man means being tough
And appearing unwavered to the challenges of the world

He's the one that needs to stand tall
When all he wants to do is curl in a corner
No matter how often you tell him
That it's OK to be down sometimes
He'll just shake his head at these words
Not believing he's simply a human being

I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
That we become what others expect
And not creating our own definition of
"man" "beautiful" "woman"
There's got to be more than one truth

A man
An adult male who has responsibilities 
Takes care of his own
Financially stable in this economy
Who feels no sadness or vulnerability
Is he suppose to be a robot or superhuman?

A woman
An adult female who is graceful
Depends on a man in absolution
Has no flaws in looks or functions
Simply there for sex and support
Is she suppose to be a picture perfect pet to man?

There is more to a man
There is more to a woman
But the pressure of what we're taught
Crushes us down into robots
Programmed to be a certain way
Instead of being free for ourselves

© 2014 Ian Faraway

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This is a beautiful poem through & through.

My only criticism: I suggest - during the middle of the poem, when you've involved both men & women - to put the women first, as you did in the first stanza. It might flow better to have things in the same pattern - women, men, women, men.

Overall, great work!

- Brittney

Posted 8 Years Ago

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