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Hearts hidden . . men convinced to forget:
                                                          Once wide-eyed children
                                                      gazes of love
                                       Knowing nothing of shame and guilt 
                                                    Trusting little ones
                                               Only wanting to be loved:
                                                              ever eager to embrace
                                                                   love innocent
                                                                        love unconditional.

Brains washed of empathy 
                             men shun those who expose their hearts.
                                                                   Heartlessly deceived: 
                                                                      false promises
                                                                         false hopes
                                                                       false teachings: 
                                                                    The death march                                                                            
                                                                         lock step 
                                                                suffocation of the soul. 
Sensitivity, emotions, self-questioning:
                               Just weakness of women and children
                                     Right stuff a man must show  
                                          Shame the forced compliance
                                                Fortification of heart:
                                                          Caring concealed in concrete 
                                                       Steel braces the ego 
                                                    Wood beams frame the heart. 
                                                               Truth shrouded:  
                                                        How much harder the task
                                                           How much greater the strength
                                                         To hear and answer calls of love.

Armored, ever ready for battle 
               difficult to disarm coming home.
                   Wife, children tug at our hearts
                  need remember the times, burial places
                         earliest memories  
                              wide-eyed children
                         wanting only to be loved.
Never too late to remove heart's shield
   Never too late tenderly embrace wife, child 
       Never too late:
                         heart vulnerable
                             naked unity
                                     unconditional love.



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