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Big Boys Don't Cry
by Robert E Blackwell
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A common cliche, an all-too common tragedy.

I was told often in life that
“Big boys don’t cry.”
I learned how to
Hold my emotions
Tightly inside me,
Like so many clothes in
An overworked suitcase.

No one told me, though,
That so many years of
Holding it in and
Being a man
Would turn my hurt
Into rage.

The water of my tears
Simmers in my heart,
Slowly changing to
Acidic nitro-glycerin;
It transforms my soul
Into a bomb
Whose fuse is the sum
Of all the moments
My hopes were dashed and
Dreams discarded.

The fuse will someday reach
The powder keg,
Full to the brim with
Every time I wanted to cry,
But wasn’t allowed to.

When it does…


© 2006 by Robert E. Blackwell


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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
very powerful-i can see the little guy as so very many there are being told"Big boyss don't cry" i can tell you though, the moment i saw my dad as "human" was the first time i saw him cry. love the poem
Reviewed by Dolores Dawes
Robert, you've touched me with this one. It is always better to vent than to leave things bottled up inside of us. That's how explosions occur. But, on the other hand, one should not react too impulsively. Impulsive behavior leads to harsh consequences.


Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

I love a man who cries. I love a man who expresses their emotions. This one has so much truth and wisdom...yes. Powerful writing! Please keep writing and healing.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Heartwrenching; hope you are okay, my friend! *kotc*

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Big boys need to cry too!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader)
{{{{ Hug ))))

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
Well, yeah, big boys cry, but I am not of the school of thought that crying makes you more sensitive to anything, it is just a reaction which is unavoidable at times. Like every time I have to watch Dr. Phil. LOL
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
It is painful how some were raised in the "old" days when you and I were raised...have someone kick you in the errogenous zone and trust me, YOU WILL CRY & while your at it you can just cry out all the other stuff in your system... your manhood survives, at least in your mind, i think...ed
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