The Core of Masculinity

The core of masculinity does not derive
from being male, nor friendliness
from those who console.

Your grandmother says “Maybe you shouldn’t
go to school. You look a little pale.”

You run when you hear that.
A father’s stern slaps are better.

Your bodily soul wants comfort.
The severe father wants spiritual clarity.

He scolds but eventually
leads you into the open.

Pray for a tough instructor
to hear and act and stay within you.

We have been busy accumulating solace.
Make us afraid of how we were.

Rumi

Who can say more?
–TDD

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