Eric Cockrell


Dont Tell Me (That You'Re A Man) - Poem by Eric Cockrell

dont tell me
(that you're a man!)
how many nails have you driven?
how many cows have you milked?
how many fields have you plowed?
how many women have you loved?
how many loves have you lost?
how many sick children
have you sat up with?
how many diapers have you changed?
how many double shifts have you pulled?
how many fights have you won or lost?
how many times have you got knocked down,
and then got back up?
how many times have you stood up,
when everyone else stayed seated?
how many times have you spoke out,
when everyone else remained silent?
how many times have you given,
more than you could give?

no, dont tell me
(that you're a man) ...
prove it to yourself!

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012



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