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Diving Deeper into the Manship – A poem about friendship between men

Deep friendship with another man

My heart stops, I don’t know if I can

Inside I start to feel some rage

Not sure if I want to turn that page

I do have some close men friends

And often we would meet at weekends

We meet together at the pub

We sit together and eat some grub

We drink some beer, we puff our chest

We always try to look our best

We tell our stories of the week

Although we only share a peek

We also watch the football match

The pretty girl she’s such a catch

We loath about our latest car

We drink more beer at the bar

We see other men across the room

Weaker men we do assume

The men walk past we do but glance

But smile to them well there’s no chance

For I was raised to distrust men

Jonathon, Martin, Richard, and Ben

And through the lens of my mother

When I see other men I do take cover

Taught that every man is a threat

This has been hard to forget

At times I want to open up

Empty the contents of my cup

For I open up to to women yes

And there I feel I can confess

For women don’t compete with me

They simply listen drinking tea

But being vulnerable with a man

I really don’t know if I can

For I have worn the mask of strength

To keep all men at arm’s length

But now I’d like to share my truth

The wounds I bared in my youth

I long to speak straight from my heart

Instead of sharing just a fart

For I have feelings in my gut

And all this time my door’s been shut

But I am ready to be brave

Without regret before my grave

For only men can get my story

Can know my truth and feel my glory

Only men can know my pain

And only men can feel my shame

And when my guard does come down

No more will I feel like a clown

For every man is like a brother

Each one hurts just like the other

So come on men the time has come

Forget the lessons taught by mum

She only knew what she was taught

It was to protect you so she thought

Let’s bond together with strong glue

Peter, Paul, me and you

Let us learn to listen with our heart

Forget the past, make a new start

It’s time that we learned how to speak

And time to admit we can be weak

Our vulnerability is our thread

Speak from the heart and not the head

Speak from the gut and from the soul

No need to always want control

For you are not alone my friend

For all men share the same life blend

We’ll dive into the sea of fears

And open up our sleeping ears

Let’s cultivate a deep compassion

Not talk about the latest fashion

It’s time to drop the macho mask

This can be an easy task

Drop your gentle nice guy image

Its time us men got into scrimmage

Let’s help each other through this life

And into freedom beyond the strife

And once we open to each other

This life will be like no other

We’ll end the war between each man

We’ll honour women I know we can

And then we’ll move into our power

And we can blossom like a flower

The rewards are huge, the benefits clear

But are you prepared to remove your fear

Can you jump into the river of man

Come with me I know you can

For we will need warriors of love

Who are ready to shift and rise above

For as brothers we are stronger

As brothers love lasts longer

And we will not have any regrets

To this I say place your bets

We can end this world of fear

And it won’t be drinking beer

And now the time has finally come

Although it will be hard for some

To look into a brother’s eyes

And share your love before he dies

I’m begging you to form a bond

Sit in circle round a pond

Feel the love of your fellow men

Jonathon, Martin, Richard, and Ben

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