Treasure Island

Tina Chan


Are You Strong Enough To Be My Man?


Are you strong enough to be my man?
Wanted: a hero
I needed a savior
I needed a redeemer
I needed a conqueror
I needed a soldier
I needed a fire man
I needed a vanquisher
I seek one with physical strength
To move my body across the East River
As I worked seven consecutive days
Past exhaustion
Of a full eight hour work day
Soon to be ten consecutive days
Non-stop ‘til the eve of my birthday
Standing on a hard cement floor
Unable to move my body any further
Where fellow co-workers question my physical appearance

Are you strong enough to be my man?
One who qualify with physical strength
Whom I can lean on
Sleeping on the long haul train ride coming in
Nearly missing my stop

Are you strong enough to be my man?
As my family shots concern looks at me
For a familiar face comforts exhaustion
Life never slows down
The world does not stop due to exhaustion
I tough it up
Trek onwards in life
Picked myself up
Carry my own weight
Schlep my tired some achy feet home

Submitted: Monday, April 23, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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