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
Brains washed of empathy
men shun those who expose their hearts.
The death march
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.
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
wanting only to be loved.
Never too late to remove heart's shield
Never too late tenderly embrace wife, child
Never too late: