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POEM: Nothing but trouble

Last month poetry collective Richly Deserved and Tilly Mackintosh held a spoken word poetry night in aid of CALM. Poet Luke Norton performed his excellent piece Nothing But Trouble, check it and the video of another of his poems below.

Trouble is a man I love
Trouble is that man is me
Trouble is that I’m no good
At being good to me

Trouble is a man I love
Trouble is that love is tough
Trouble is that I’m no good
At saying when enough’s enough

Trouble is a man I love
Trouble is that I don’t know
Exactly what a man should be
Or exactly where that man should go

Should I be handsome
Should I be rich
Should I be tall and dark
Should I be stronger
Should I get ripped
Here’s where the trouble starts

It’s all too easy to ask questions
And get lost inside your head
Instead of reaching out
At the whole wide world
And getting lost out there instead

Trouble is that I’m a man
And I don’t know what that means
And we live in a virtual circus world
Where nothing’s as it seems

You see your face reflected back
To you from your morning mirror
And it doesn’t matter how very hard you look
It won’t make it any clearer

Trouble is that nowadays
We remember when men were men
Trouble is that it don’t mean nothing
Now and didn’t then

A man’s a man’s a man’s a man
And a man’s a man it’s true
Trouble is that that means something different
To me and different to you

Trouble is that as a man
It can be hard to love
Yourself and/or love someone else
And it isn’t good enough

As all men free and equal
We should be free with all our hearts
To love ourselves and love most anyone
And not have this trouble start


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