To Be a Man

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I’m sure you’ve heard
to be a man
You must be big and strong,
You must work all day long,
You must first fight your foe,
You must absorb a blow,
You must be tough as nails,
You mustn't ever fail,
Your heart be like a stone,
You leave tears well alone.

But thankfully, my boy,
this is not true.
You must only just be you.

And within you there is a light
That powers you with all it’s might.
And also there’s a heart so big
That loves sweeter than any fig;
A truth so sturdy it cannot fail
That guides your steps when you are frail.

The strongest, the mightiest,
the truest man,
Is the one who loves the best he can.

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