Just a Man This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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You were just a man whose heart had turned to stone
Act fast, hit hard, take it like a man.
I was just a boy looking for your help
Legs planted, palms open, one blow was all you gave.
The first hard hit was not enough
You had to break my jaw.
When years had passed and I grew up
You shoved my back against the wall
Stand tall, don’t run, I heard you say
But shattered glass was all I felt.
Even though your belt was black, you thought you were a man
But men have known from ancient times the lessons of the gods
That man is just a mortal soul whose place is firmly fixed
And when man thinks that he is god the truth will never be.
Now I am a man, in spite of all your years
And standing tall against the world
The wind behind my back
I’ll always know the man called dad
Was just a man whose heart had turned to stone.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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