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Men like us

I'm sick of them

By M.Published about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024

Men like us

trudge in mud under Russian fire

while callow others load the missiles.


Men like us,

those poor we hate

kneeling when the muezzin calls


On both sides of any rifle

there always were men like us.


They were: builders and rapists and crafters and papists

they were: porters and beggars and cashiers and farmers

they raised walls at the border to prevent themselves crossing over

they voted for those who promised them safety


And I can't put into words how tired I am, brother,

of those fucking men like us.

CONTENT WARNINGsocial commentaryheartbreak

About the Creator


Half-time writer, all time joker. M. Maponi specializes in speculative fiction, and speculates on the best way to get his shit together.

Author of "Reality and Contagion" and "Consultancy Blues"

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  • Anna 29 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • Sid Aaron Hirjiabout a month ago

    Raw poem and so true. Well done

  • Atomic Historianabout a month ago

    This is amazing!! And captures so much of the unfortunate reality of the majority of men that join the military

  • ROCK about a month ago

    This is brilliant, thought provoking and sincere. Congratulations M.!

  • Gabriela Trofin-Tatárabout a month ago

    Oh and congratulations for top story! Well deserved!

  • Gabriela Trofin-Tatárabout a month ago

    So raw and tiring to the bone! I feel your pain through the lines.

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Congratulations!! Yes, you have said it all here. And we are all weary. 😔

  • Belleabout a month ago

    Honest and raw. Congrats on top story!

  • Jean McKinneyabout a month ago

    This is honest and powerful. Well done!

  • Gloria Penelopeabout a month ago

    Well said, you nailed it. Congratulations!

  • Amelia Mapstoneabout a month ago

    Oof! Straight to the heart with this one... I've been working on healing my relationship with the masculine and I have to say, this little piece is working wonders on that process. Thank you!

  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    M, me too. Enough said.

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Very raw and painful prose, great job

  • D. D. Leeabout a month ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Your words are More insightful then it appears on paper (or on the screen) This hit home for any one forced to do the bidding of others we once trusted, or at the very least hoped would be better than the others. Huge congratulations

  • Matthew Frommabout a month ago

    damn, hard hitting. congrats on the top story.

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