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Notes on Masculinity, Part Seven: Five Easy Pieces; Night and Day

ENDINGS
For a man, there is no ending
To his journey home.
Because, it’s like James Baldwin
Said: Perhaps home is not a place but
Simply an irrevocable condition.

He is a lone drifter,
A wandering soul,
A hungry vagabond,
A wing-clipped angel.

Don’t wait for him.
He cannot stand still.
Just watch him run –
A child at heart.

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Notes on Masculinity, Part Six: Five Easy Pieces; Night and Day

CRYING
He is ashamed
For others to
See his stony face
Crumble.

But crumble is
What will be –
Tears of lifelong
Amnesty.

Only figures of
Fatherly stature can
Claim witness to such
Calamity.

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Notes on Masculinity, Part Five: Five Easy Pieces; Night and Day

STRENGTH
Man is strong
Like ox or beast.
See him wrestle with defeat.

Much rather would he die
Than lose a fair fight.
See him grin with pride.

Even mere games
Must resemble a war.
See him never lose sight.

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Notes on Masculinity, Part Four: Five Easy Pieces; Night and Day

FATHERHOOD
He would rather
Paint pictures or
Play piano than
Raise a child.

He would rather 
Stay a child – 
Be free of all responsibilities – 
Than raise a child.

He would rather
Run freely towards
Far away places
Than raise a child.

He would rather
Avoid the future 
Until its all that’s
Left to do.

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Notes on Masculinity, Part One: Five Easy Pieces; Night and Day

What makes a man a man? It’s a question that hangs over both Bobby and Sung-Nam in Five Easy Pieces and Night and Day, respectively.

ALONENESS
Man is a solitary creature.
Or so he likes to say.
He often longs for company.
He often wants to play.
Yet in his heart
He feels the void
And, perhaps,
He cannot stay. So
He does what he’s
Always done.
He runs.
He runs
Away.

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