Being a Man by Jon Bennett

I try to be a man
I buy socks and pay taxes
The other day
old Dr. Kinker, the legendary
North Beach pornography scholar
was sitting in front of a wine bar
There were Swedish 17 year olds
and Dutch women, and blonde
pug dogs
all waiting for the cable car
in front of him
Dr. Kinker unzipped
and furiously whacked it
until a waiter came along
“What are you doing?!”
“Being a man!” shouted Dr. Kinker,
“I’m being a man!”
and really
it’s just that easy.


Jon Bennett is a writer and musician living in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. You can find more of his work on iTunes (his latest album is “A Saint’s Book”) or by connecting with him on Facebook at



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