A man’s man

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

He was a boy with a need for hugs
His father was strong and determined
They collided on sounds and talk and talk back
The collided in cuddles of pride

He grew into a child who wanted to obey
His father the spoiler and disciplinarian
They engaged on projects and group think
They engaged in learning to read each other’s faces

He became a young man with distractions and studying
His father was an encourager and role model
They discussed at length the nature of manliness
They discussed it with screaming and raging and tears

He stood up and was counted for service to his country
His father confided in him the secrets of long life
They shed tears and blood as they toiled each summer
They shed tears of sorrow when his father passed away

He became a man’s man, a warrior king
His father’s spirit, whispering in his ear
There were one-sided conversations on loyalty
There were one-sided joys thanks to so many memories

‘I know,’ said the boy
“I know that I know,’ said the man’s man
There is something more beyond this planet
that cannot be explained in the circle of life

It was quiet one day as the wind spoke no music
His father’s voice silent and in it’s place a soft whisper
‘Love and forgiveness are treasures for those who understand mercy’
“Now I know that I know that I know,” said boy who was just like his father.

Copyright © 1960-2016 Lawrence J. J. Leonard  All rights reserved.

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