Don Stratford


Be A Man - Poem by Don Stratford

To be man you don’t cry
You must stand up and be tall
It’s the way of the world
Oh bugger it all

How to deal with the pain
That is burning inside
For the loss of my wife
I won’t cry it’s called pride

But deep in the night
When I lay all alone
The pain it is there
Who will I call on the phone?

To release all emotions
All pent up and strong
The pain and the suffering
From her death all along

I’m going it alone
If I have to let go
Because cry I am going to
So be it!


Don Stratford © 13/9/2005


Comments about Be A Man by Don Stratford

  • (7/25/2006 6:49:00 AM)

    I agree with the comment below from Adrienne Alicia Aversa. And yes, it was very well written... and touches many hearts. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/24/2005 4:09:00 AM)

    I feel your sadness Don, and that shows how well you convey your feelings. Thank-you for sharing what's inside..Chrissy x (Report)Reply

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  • (9/14/2005 4:10:00 AM)

    Yes Don, this poem tells a story alright....Men, particularly Aussie men....are expected to tough it out...yet the human heart, regardless of gender is supposed to feel....and cry if need be...I feel this need within this poem....which means this poem speaks in a way that touches many hearts...a lovely poem....thank you for it. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 13, 2005



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