Manhood

I wear my mask
Happily and deliberately.
I am protected.
And now so is my family
I take on the burden
So my family doesn’t
I do as I was taught
Yet my family suffers
I do all that I can
But that is not enough
My wife takes my place
She works and works
And doesn’t succeed
I laugh knowingly
She could never beat me
But she keeps working
Not willing to see the truth
I am the man.
Only men can provide
She works and works
And the day finally comes;
The day I never thought possible
She prevails
She beat me.
The shame I feel
Burns through my heart
How can I go on knowing
My kids no longer respect me,
Or look up to me?
She beat me.
How can I go on knowing
She looks below her nose
Just to see me?
How can I go on knowing
My kids go to her with
Their hopes and dreams
Fears and thoughts
They go to her for their future.
So I wear a mask
Happily and deliberately
To protect my shame
And therefore my Family’s
I have no power
Except the mask I wear
The mask of strength.
The mask of wisdom.
The mask of pride.
A mask that protects
But it only protects me.





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archon said...
Nov. 2, 2009 at 7:56 pm
i really like this poem, you have a refreshing style. keep up the good work!
 
gnihtlaicositna This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm
I like this; especially the 2nd half :P
Well constructed.
 
<3::wish4wings::<3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 29, 2009 at 10:55 am
i loooove it!
 
Paig3Cagl3 said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:24 am
This is a very moving peice!!! When people think of domestic abuse they typicaly think of man upon woman. this writing will open many eyes to the other side of domestic abuse. Please read my writings that I have posted I think you would enjoy them.
 
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