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The REAL Man
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By Louis Gander
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The REAL Man

Some think that they are very tough
and know a thing or two.
They draw attention from afar
so others notice too.

Some think that they are pretty tough
with muscles bulging out.
They flex for their own sole desires
so they won't go without.

Some think that they are very tough.
They think that they're so smart.
Enslaved to things they cannot keep,
raw anger rules their heart.

Some day they will sit alone -
to think about their clout.
The first is last, the last is first -
that's what it's all about:

Through the cries of hate and lies
from others that are hurled,
A REAL MAN takes up his cross -
the hope above this world.

Some will get so angry when -
a REAL MAN loves truth.
A REAL MAN loves children -
their innocence and youth.

While others aren't responsible,
a REAL MAN won't hide.
A REAL MAN's humility -
overcomes all pride.

When others start to steal
a REAL MAN's own shirt,
A REAL MAN will turn away.
A REAL MAN must hurt.

A REAL MAN won't start the fight.
A REAL MAN's not weak.
A REAL MAN must feel the whip -
then 'turn the other cheek'.

When others tear, gouge his flesh -
a REAL MAN won't sway.
REAL MEN love enemies,
and REAL MEN will pray.

A REAL MAN can bear the nails.
A REAL MAN can cry.
A REAL MAN will bear his cross.
A REAL MAN might die.

But a REAL MAN's forgiven
despite all he's denied,
and they can't kill THE REAL MAN -
the REAL MAN inside.

©2007 louis gander ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Mark 8:35 (KJV) “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.”

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Submitted: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Last Updated: Friday, August 17, 2012

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.

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