Treasure Island

Kelvin Owusu

(15-10-1988 / Ghana)

Are We A Dying Breed?


Bread winners, protectors
a little description what a man is
providers for all, soldiers for the defenceless

Fall short we have
cowards we've become
the destruction cannot be undone
hostage takers, boogie man we are

Rapist, child molesters
woman beaters and murderers
all that describes the majority that is a few

What real is, is not existent
we are becoming extinct
heroes and the brave
we are but a few yet plenty
cowards over-populate
and we decline
in numbers and in faith

A man doesn't rape
A man doesn't pillage and plunder
A man doesn't poison the minds of little kids
A man doesn't cause pain or murder
A man doesn't lie or contradict
A man doesn't raise a hand on a woman
A man doesn't abandon his children and responsibilities
A man protects all that is dear to him
A man, a real man takes care of business

Men, humanity, are we a dying breed?

Submitted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Edited: Monday, November 26, 2012

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I wrote this piece due to due to the escalation of murders, beating and horrific shit that's been happening.

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  • Brian Markey (12/5/2012 3:30:00 AM)

    Hi Kelvin,
    this is a very deep but sadly true reflection on the modern man as portrayed in todays sick society, the problem is it is not a new phenomenon it is just more widely available through the mass media, humankind have been murdering each other since their inception and will continue to do so, we are a brutal species our history shows that clearly, if there's one consolation it's the good far outnumber the bad, great piece of work, keep writing.

    Bri Mar (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (11/29/2012 1:07:00 PM)

    There certainly doesn't seem to be much hope for humanity the way things are, but maybe we have to reach the bottom of the pit before we can climb up - hopefully this will soon become the case. Great write. (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson (11/27/2012 12:43:00 PM)

    This called a duty to humanity that is going to be shut. it is clear that there are still people like dear Kelvin who cares about the humanity and things like nasty Rapist and children molesters. there is a power war out there and people who sinks in lust and dusts of the world. people who just live with materials, with no spirituality and value. we should all wake up and write such things.
    very nice Kelvin. very nice.
    10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Anita Sehgal (11/26/2012 11:10:00 PM)

    man needs to include woman... each human being needs to peep within to see.. the despair at the atrocities well brought out... (Report) Reply

  • Stevie Taite (11/26/2012 4:01:00 PM)

    Separate the monsters from the men! It is easy to look around and see monstrous atrocities. They are hard to ignore! Women will rule the world lol no but I agree with Mr Brown. There are still plenty of good honourable men about, (and some very horrible women) I also agree with Mr Robinson, it's a mixed blessing all this technology! Thought provoking poem! Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/26/2012 3:37:00 PM)

    Thanks for this very relevant poetic piece which is actually giving the real definition on what it is to be man. without this definition of a true man, then certainly the breed of men in our world is a dying specie. Thanks for this great challenge, Kelvin. (Report) Reply

  • Kelvin Owusu (11/26/2012 2:07:00 PM)

    a man will kill to protect his family from an intruder a man will find ways to feed and shelter his family but to do a brutal murder molest a child or beat and rape its not the sign of a desperate man yet more the sign of an uneducated twisted individual (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (11/26/2012 11:31:00 AM)

    not sure of the answer to this question..do agree with thomas.
    .desperate people do desperate things even a family man will
    rob and steal to feed his family if he has no other way of
    obtaining food..enjoyed this write (Report) Reply

  • Nader Baheri (11/26/2012 10:05:00 AM)

    a little bit dark but great.actually i love dark poems.because the dark shows the bright.
    maybe you are an idealist? some say as far as the life exists the rappers, murderers, traitors, child molesters, or stuff like that exist too? ? ! !
    but still humanity lasts.cause there are still people who really care about it.there are still people who work for that.
    thankenstein~nb (Report) Reply

  • John Brown (11/26/2012 8:21:00 AM)

    I see where you are coming from, and agree with what you say. There are still lots of 'good' men out there though - don't despair. Well written piece of work, by the way. (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (11/26/2012 6:56:00 AM)

    I hope not. Those people you mentioned were always here the only difference was we were not bombarded by the media with news about them. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (11/26/2012 5:10:00 AM)

    Unfortunately the loss of jobs in the world's depression and electronic
    displaciation, many many millions of workers world wide have cast aside as
    obsolete and uneducational misfits.Thus creating a sense of helpless fustratiom.
    And a desperation has gripped the psyche of that mass of humanity.And desperare
    people find themselves doing desperate things they are not proud of (Report) Reply

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