The Man What Am

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    The phrase "the man what am" popped into my mind a while back and I was sure that I had heard it somewhere in the distant past. I researched it and all I could find was a 1950's song written by Irving Berlin entitled Sam, Sam (The man what am). Thanks to Irving.

    The Man What Am

     

    Somewhere in a far off distant land

    resides the character known as the man what am

    A strange and mysterious person he is for sure

    as both his origin and purpose remain obscure.

     

    All dressed in grey with hair of white

    When seen in public he is quite a sight

      He most often appears in the village square

    With children converging from everywhere

     

    He entertains with stories and songs

    While the children listen and sing along

    He taps his foot, never a beat to miss

    His song is simple and goes like this

     

    $ I am the man what am, I am $

      $ Of that you can be sure $

    $ I’ve lived a thousand years or more $

    $ A fact one can’t ignore $

    $ My ears can hear an angel’s sigh $

    $ My eyes can see through steel $

    $ I’ve ridden rainbows across the sky $

    $ And given birth to the beau ideal $

    $ My father was the sun my mother the moon $

    $ The sky my cradle at birth $

    $ I fear not death as I am immune $

    $ I am one with this place called Earth   $

     $ So listen to my song and dream of sweet jam $

    $ And we’ll fill this world with mirth $

    $ And with that thought in mind dear friends $

    $ So ends this song of the man what am $

     

    Once when a child brought forth an injured bird

    All were amazed as a miracle occurred

    The man what am took the bird in hand

    And whispered words no one could understand

     

    He raised his hand and held the bird on high

    And it took flight in the evening sky

       The bird soared and swooped wings strong and stout

    It was a magic sight there was no doubt 

     

    As was his way as the sun began to set

    He would fade into the shadows like a silhouette

    His white hair flowing as he bids goodbye to them

    All left in awe of the man what am

     

    ©Copyright Charlie Gragg June 8, 2010   

     

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    Hiporlacking commented on The Man What Am

    07-12-2010

    I dug not only the content but the flow of this piece.

    Hampton

    07/12/2010

    Thanks, I appreciate your visit as well as your comment.

    devaamido commented on The Man What Am

    07-10-2010

    Clearly a mightily described portrait patterned after one of the Old Testament Patriarchs (Samuel?). Dr Suess has a character named "Sam-I-Am" but he bares little resemblance to the archetype you describe.

    Hampton

    07/10/2010

    Your comments are always appreciated.

    Merlyn commented on The Man What Am

    06-27-2010

    I really like it. It has a very nice flow. Enjoyable story. Thank you for sharing.

    Hampton

    06/27/2010

    It was a fun write. Thanks for your comments.

    dahlusion commented on The Man What Am

    06-15-2010

    A powerful and creative take on the Biblical line: I AM THAT I AM. This is another lovely tale from the cells of your mind. Bravo!

    Hampton

    06/15/2010

    Thanks for the comment and the biblical reference. I was not aware. I appreciate your visits and your always insightful illuminations.

    DrewMcNee commented on The Man What Am

    06-13-2010

    How on earth do you remember this, you rascal. Irving indeed. And with all due respect to him, your bookends work better. Drew.

    Hampton

    06/13/2010

    Many thanks. Nice of you to say.

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