It is not that men feel anything less

Gender has no bearing on emotion

It is that they never learned to express

Any heart-felt, emotive notion


Our role models would always pain deny

Great strength must be shown when you face your fear

So, brush yourself off and don’t you dare cry

Told there is weakness in shedding a tear


The stoic faces that taught our manhood

The rocks amongst the emotional wave

We learned from them, being soft was no good

And that their feeling less was somehow brave


My life, the pages of so many years

And as my life’s book is placed on the shelf

There is greater truth for young men to hear

You must learn to give of your inner self


Emotions hidden for any great length

Do remain like dark stains upon the soul

Feelings, when shared, a formidable strength

It is our letting go that makes us whole


Bravado is an emotional toll

Avoid paying it any way you can

Be strong enough to play a different role

Strong enough to become a better man




26 Responses to “Strength”
  1. Yes! How I wish every young up and coming man – and those who already are – would learn this!

  2. Reblogged this on Ramblings and Ruminations and commented:
    This says it all and needs on additional words from me!

  3. yassy says:

    My great sage!! Awesome words of well meant wisdom. They should read and follow. I whole heartedly agree with every word you say, Brad.

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Well written, great verses and a message that needs to be told again and again…loved it Brad!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Francisco! Your ability to express yourself openly though your words and art is a great example for young men today. The beauty you create through expression is the epitome of male strength!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        Thank you Brad! That was so well expressed and so true as men should not shy away from beauty, from emotions and from expressing one’s feelings and thoughts. You’ve quite a jewel with that poem!

  5. Brad, this is beautifully written. As for the message I am sure you know from where it comes. It’s cultural and in this part of the world we teach our children that expressing emotions means weakness. The society itself judges you for that. It is worse when it comes to women, I am sure you know. So how do we change the structure of our society because this is definitely structural. What do we do?

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, dear Gabriela! It is certainly a societal structure problem, and it is worse for women. For young men, my only suggestion is that the role models they have need to help them see empathy, sympathy, and emotional expression just as important as the success and recognition we give our athletes and their physical prowess. But that feels like a wish in the wind. So, we do what we can, we speak the truth and hope for change! Always your friend! πŸ™‚

  6. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful words once again; you almost had me in tears πŸ™‚
    but I agree, men need to be willing to show their emotions more, and like you, I am a a work in progress…

  7. A great message on strength. Quite motivational πŸ‘Œ

  8. jupitergrant says:

    Fantastic words of wisdom πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  9. If truth be told, I’ve been a coward for the most of my time, and I was even more afraid to show it for I thought I’d suffered enough already. But now I realize in order to be brave, I must first be brave enough to accept my weaknesses. So I’ve started to put my heart onto pen and paper. I’ve planned on up my truths and feelings. Still don’t know how everyone’s gonna take it, but I think the best way to get over your fears is to accept them first and then move on. Your brilliant poetry gave me a bit more courage to do so.
    Loved it! πŸ‘

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you so very kindly for your beautiful words, Shounak! I encourage you to express yourself without concern for what acceptance it may receive. And, I am so thankful that you may have found a small modicum of help from my words! Best of luck!

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