Metal man, middle man, little man.
It's hard to get into it.
I try to be vague
I try to be cool.
But here comes the cliché
Like a balloon filled with water
Cold to the face, clenched fists and worn teeth.
Don't thaw it out,
Don't let it out.
It's not something you need to see.
I think there comes a time
When you have to stop
And just think
Is there a reason for all this talk?
And early mornings
That tin heart slowly thawing?
And what of this Rick?
Rick, Rick, the Chick, Rick.
Who do you pick?
Why, Chick pick Rick!
You sure you ain't sick?
Fuck Shit Lick dick
Chick Brick Kick Tick
Brick lick LICK RICK
That's rhetorical, or so I think
As I blink, blink, blink.
You keep calm and you keep moving
Says granny, old brain, wise granny brain talking.
Your current priority
Is do the thing that you do well
Write it down old boy, and if you can't, then, well, hell.
That metal man should earn a medal
'Cause he ain't metal no more.
Yes, he's still little, still stuck in the middle
But he's red hot metal
Take your petal?
I think I'll keep going
Though I know there's no gold,
No leprechauns dancing.
I think-no, I know
It's because of, well,
Really, just you.
Yup. That's right.
No song, no limerick, no confession of love.
That's not my thing, and I think you know that now.
It's just me, and you.
But mostly you
And. Well, I guess Slick Rick (~hic~).
Note: I didn't mean to include an explanation of the poem, but i left it in here by accident. I'd like to keep it open for interpretation, but, well, whatever.
-'Metal Man' is an anti-love poem – that is, a poem that speaks not of love but acceptance of unreciprocated love, or really just attraction – of a triangle between a woman and two men. The speaker is one of the men. The woman is to whom the poem is addressed to, and the mysterious 'Rick' is the third man, and the woman's lover. NOTE: it's written in a very dark, sarcastic, almost 'Morbid Dr. Seuss' tone.
-'Metal man' refers to the narrator's initial inability to feel emotions strongly. He feels hollow, and only after realizing the connection between the woman and Rick, he understands and begins to feel.
-'Middle Man' – the narrator's position in the love triangle. He is stuck in between, in the middle.
-'Little Man' – The narrator having trouble expressing his feelings, hence why he writes the poem.
-'Try to be vague, try to be cool' – Again, the narrator trying to 'breeze along' his relationship to the woman. He tries to, like, skim over the facts: That she is with another man.
-'But here comes the cliché' to 'clenched fists and worn teeth' – the figurative wall the narrator hits when he realizes the nature of the relationship between the woman and man, his growing frustration and jealousy seen through 'clenched fists, worn (gritted) teeth'
-'Don't thaw it out, don't let it out' – opening up to her. Wanting to tell her your feelings, but knowing now that it's not going to do you any good.
-'Rick' section – More of a compilation – feelings, thoughts, all jumbled together. Sadness and sarcasm to uncontrolled rage.
-'blink blink blink'- crying.
'granny brain' – I visualized the narrator's brain, like the logical side of him as a grandmotherly figure, advising him what to do.
'He ain't metal no more' – he's not hollow, he's not unfeeling anymore. He feels, and he feels hard. Red hot hard.
'Take your petal' – A joke. A reference to virginity.