Men don’t cry

Poetry, Writer life

Son fell and scrapped his knee,
Bawling his eyes out, he called his daddy.
Daddy wanted to kiss the boo-boos away,
But ‘boy’s don’t cry,‘ is what daddy said. 
After all, that’s what he was taught,
Men are to be strong and emotionless. 

Sick wife struggled cooking for the family,
She wished her husband would give her a hand.
Husband’s heart broke looking at his wife,
But all he did was sat and stared.
After all, that’s what he was taught,
Men don’t do the household chores. 

Daughter wanted a bicycle,
Broke father couldn’t afford one.
Heavy-heartedly he got her a Barbie doll,
But ‘girls don’t ride‘ is what he said.
After all, that’s what he was taught,
Men can’t be vulnerable.

Sister got her heart broken,
Poured her heart out to her brother.
His brotherly heart broke too,
But ‘why were you involved with him‘ was what he said.
After all, that’s what he was taught,
Men are to be Stern and tough. 

He hated the way he behaved.
Each day his heart ached,
To be there for his loved ones, he craved.
But he just watched their pain.
After all, that’s what he was taught.
But wasn’t he a human too?

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33 thoughts on “Men don’t cry

  1. Nicely written Madam.
    Men are also victims of the darker side of patriarchy, which teaches men to be the sole provider, breadwinner, emotionless creatures without having any dreams or wishes.
    Quite incidentally, the suicide rates among men is also alarmingly high. Maybe patriarchy is a reason of that as well.

    1. Very true Abirbhav! Men are not allowed to be emotional or share their problems cause ‘it makes them seem weak.’ And men can’t be weak. With so much pressure and bottled emotions, suicide rates are bound to be higher. Both men and women are suffering and facing different issues due to patriarchy. And, don’t call me Madam, I’m Shreya. 😊

      1. You are very right Madam, sorry, Shreya.. 😊
        Pleased to meet you.. 😊
        I believe, women should encourage men to open up and not judge men when they want to express themselves. If they expect their male partners to lend them a shoulder to cry on, then perhaps, a non-judgemental reciprocation is quite fair a request.
        It will take time. But eventually it will happen.. 😊

      1. welcome, well I am not as versatile as you, you have really got sharpened your writing skill, but have a look at few of mine, when you get time.

      2. So humbled by your words. I truly loved each one of your works, especially the ones in Hindi. You’re truly amazing Rishabh! ❣️

      3. well I am getting a little shy, I just preassumed that you don’t know Hindi… πŸ˜… but I feel good that you also understood it well.πŸ’›

  2. You are just amazing ma’am….. Can i ask you the source gives you such amazing topics and even more amazing words….. I just love all your work πŸ’Ό

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