Thirteen Ways of Looking at Men (for We Write Poems, with a nod to Wallace Stevens)

I.          They’re different in certain ways, but what’s in common reigns.
II.        Through the bottom of a shot glass, darkly.
III.      Millions are fathers deserving of respect, when respect is due.
IV.       Sometimes, they are bullies or abusive and deserving of no respect at all.
V.         As leaders of our nation; therefore, we should elect more women to level the playing field.
VI.      Warily.
VII.     As warmongers and war profiteers… and troops who actually have to fight the battles.
VIII.   While wearing rose-colored glasses (which you will eventually lose).
IX.        As friends who are with you no matter what the circumstance, especially if they are gay and you are one of those straight girls who just loves them to death (like me).
X.          As husbands or committed partners – in which case, keep your hands off them (straight OR gay!). Monogamy should be honored (and polygamy, well, eeeeeeeew).
XI.         As co-founders of our country, along with the mostly forgotten Founding Mothers.
XII.       As white/Anglo and born to privilege, never having to earn the money they now fight so hard to keep.
XIII.     As people of color who are often overlooked, profiled, or assumed to be criminals, in the US illegally… or born in Indonesia, so he can’t REALLY be president.

© 2011 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil