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POEM: Always a Man to Me

Always a Man to Me
by Nathanael Woodbridge

A true man, shows himself.
In all his glory and splendour.
And in all his pain and failings.
One cannot be without the other.
For both are what makes him, him.

He grows and he falls,
He faints and he leaps,
He weaps and he sleeps,
He flies and he tries,
He cries and he sighs,
But always he is a man.

He shows and he hides.
But always he is a man.

He masks himself.
He is scared of what people will see.
But he fears in vain.
For all they will see.
Is him.

People laugh and people run.
When they see man,
Out in the light.
The sight is a fright.
To them.
But not to him.
Man knows himself.
They do not.

When they have seen man enough.
They turn to themselves.
To look what wonders will be seen.
But all they will see is them.
Not what they expected.

Enough is enough.
To be honest is core.
To have integrity, paramount.
To be yourself, instead of someone else.
Is the only way to live.
To grow.
And to find yourself.
So you can continue.

And live like,
You have value.
For you do.
Every man does.
Because he is a man.

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