Peter Raynard’s poem is inspired by the shocking statistic that 12 men a day kill themselves in the UK.
—This is article #67 in our series of #100Voices4Men and boys
Man Up, Man Down
One only ever got As at school
Two got expelled yet was nobody’s fool
Three fell out with his virtual world
Four fell out with his only girl
Five fought too long on foreign sand
Six couldn’t keep paying with cash in hand
Seven kept house, kept kids, kept calm
Eight cut a hundred lines on his arm
Nine had a lifelong wife that died
Ten was a man that never cried
Eleven was a man who everyone loved
Twelve was a man who’d had enough
It is fine to rhyme and be poetic
But twelve men down a day is tragic
—Picture credit: Elvert Barnes
You can find all of the #100Voices4Men articles that will be published in the run up to International Men’s Day 2014 by clicking on this link—#100Voices4Men—and follow the discussion on twitter by searching for #100Voices4Men.
The views expressed in these articles are not the views of insideMAN editorial team. Whether you agree with the views expressed in this article or not we invite you to take take part in this important discussion, our only request is that you express yourself in a way that ensures everyone’s voice can be heard.