Rugged Man

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Man is far more than just a physical vessel, one of my personal favorites, read this piece with an open mind and heart.

Submitted: July 12, 2008

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Submitted: July 12, 2008



So it has been said
To live the life of a man
Is to show no feeling

But I pose these questions
Who has said this?
For with this person
I wish to converse
And where is it written?
Guide me in that direction

Across the expanse of time
Man has endured his many roles:

Hunters on the prairies
Devoted disciples to their messiahs
Fighting gladiators in Roman arenas
Mighty pharaohs adorned and worshiped
Protectors of the home
Victors on the battlefield
Cowboys during the Wild West
Bikers in the desert terrain

We have filled our assigned duties
But somewhere along the way
In the evolution of man
Some translations have went astray…………………………..


Come closer……………………………………………….


And hear a man breeaatthh
Place your head upon my chest
Listen to this heart thummppp
Slice my skin
Watch the blood slowly oozzzeee
Burden my back
And surely it will snaaapp

Give me a chance and you will see
I have muscles
But a heart as well
Man is not made of stone
Only of flesh and of blood

I will wrap my arms around you
To provide safety and warmth
Where will I turn in time of need
And never, never, let them see you cry

Remember, to gaze upon a rugged man
Is to see the hair on his face
And a will that won’t die

But consider for a moment,
Seeing beyond what you have
Been conditioned to see
Look past the exterior
Into the depths of his soul
You will see what I see

So, I ask again
Who said that a man
Has no feeling?
Where is it written?

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