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A Chauvinistic Male?

Long years ago we said our vows,
Which ended with a kiss;
In thinking on those years, I see
Some trials, some tears and bliss.

I oft time lead in many ways,
But sometime lean on her;
Though mutual sharing is our goal,
That oft does not occur.

My friends think I'm aggressive,
That seems my natural bent;
We walk the married road, perhaps
The way God surely meant.

Our children honor and respect,
That greatly pleases us;
The tender harmony we share
Is an even greater plus.

Please pardon, please this age'ed male,
Raised in a different clime;
Forgive him for he has become
A symbol of his time.

Both praise or criticism would be
appreciated. Perhaps it would clear my mind.

Submitted: Sunday, June 10, 2012


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  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/28/2014 1:01:00 PM)

    Very reflective Joe. We walk the same road. The meter runs easily, tripping off the tongue and making for one of those reads which creep in and catch you in the throat. (P.S. As you already know, my parrot is of a like mind) :)

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  • John Brown (11/29/2013 8:56:00 AM)

    You seem no more a chauvinist than most men Joe. It's just the way we men are, and our traits are built into our DNA. This is not an excuse for bad behaviour, but sometimes we have to be tough, and aggressive, and it is all too often a frustrating and precarious balancing act.

  • Heather Wilkins (10/7/2013 6:04:00 PM)

    sounds like a near perfect marriage. a good read. enjoyed this one.

  • Kevin Patrick (3/18/2013 2:06:00 PM)

    Was not expecting to read this giving the title, but it delivered something else entirely, you articulate the grace of marriage so well that you give that institution hope in those who believe in commitment. A glorious read, that celebrate cooperation and interdependence of that union.

  • Patricia Grantham (3/1/2013 7:56:00 AM)

    Joseph, A truly enjoyed poem. The sanctity of marriage is a two way street.
    Sounds like you met the love of your life on that street. Thanks.

  • Dee Corpolongo (11/14/2012 9:23:00 PM)

    I loved this beautiful poem of love and life together with another. Excellent,
    and almost leaves one wishing they could find such content in life. Thank you.

  • Susan Walters (8/21/2012 3:29:00 PM)

    Chivary hasn't died. Hahaha Excellent I liked it so much.

  • Karen Sinclair (7/18/2012 5:53:00 PM)

    Beautifully put, honesty and nostalgia two of the main ingredients i love in life.... the tie up lines just nudged to a different area.... grand truly grand.....karen: D

  • Walterrean Salley (6/14/2012 12:07:00 AM)

    Oh, and you seem the perfect gentleman Joseph.

  • Walterrean Salley (6/13/2012 11:07:00 PM)

    I oft time lead in many ways,
    But sometime lean on her;
    Though mutual sharing is our goal,
    That oft does not occur.

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing from the depths your heart. The years have made you wise, and It's a blessing that you share these little gems with us. Thanks. 10

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