Section 5: Uncommonly Handsome Common Man
We have an intellectual discussion about my physical appearance.
I am the world’s most attractive man or the world’s most repulsive;
Dependent, you say, on culture, norms and values.
I say, but I know my value in the culture we both inhabit.
Intellectual flirtation-your way of saying yes while denying an attraction;
Although your eyes say, “Kiss me, handsome.”
Well, babe, you are only human.
You will take me tonight as I am.
Judgement- your name is woman!
At first your eyes will tell me
That you set me high above all others;
Consider me a most uncommon man.
I bring you nightly pleasure.
Your smile extends well into daylight.
You consider me your knight,
Your protector, your defender.
We walk the beach at sunset hand in hand.
I like this image of me and
In the image reflected back at me,
I believe this is who I am.
I dread the day I see disgust in your eyes;
The pain, disdain, repulsion soon to come.
In time in the image reflected back at me,
I will see another image of your man,
The lowlife who offended you
Through some neglect, misspoken word,
Perhaps an action you don’t understand.
I will avoid your eyes, your glance and gaze
Until we are strangers-angry
You have seen me for whom I truly am.
If I apologize today for any tomorrow,
Can you try to see me fairly?
I stand before you as simply-MAN!
I am well-intentioned, strong and caring,
Weak, insecure and deeply flawed-
Not high above or stomach crawling;
Just a common man.
My love, I stand vulnerable and exposed
My body, heart and soul as freely given
To a woman as I can.
Handsome and repulsive-BOTH?
Babe, I am only human.
Can you accept and love me as I am?