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While thinking about how society expects little boys to behave like men, I was inspired to write this poem.

Little Boy

One day
you’ll be a strong man,
but today
you‘re just a kid.

Although you know
society expects you
to behave like a man
it’s okay to enjoy
the simple pleasures
that comes with
just being a kid.

There’s nothing abnormal about
needing a hug.

There’s nothing unmanly about
expressing your fears.

It's okay to say your prayers.

After all,
our Creator is the one
who carries us
through those needy years.

And, having the courage
to express yourself
will demonstrate
that you are indisputably
a strong man.

So, forget about
what society thinks
you should or should not do.

You don't have to prove
to anyone
that you are equally
tough on the inside
as you are on the outside.

it's much more admirable
to be considered
an independent thinker
than to be known as
someone who relies on
others to do his thinking.

And of course you know,
it’s foolish to try to meet
someone's demands
because the more you try
to please,
the more
you'll have to do to please.

And, going along to get along
will only signify...
you have a lot more
maturing to do
before anyone will ever
consider you a strong man.

Copyright © 2003 by Dolores Dawes, all rights reserved.

Here's a special note to children everywhere, who may be wondering how to stop someone from bullying them:

If ever someone tries to bully you, first stand up for yourself. When I say stand up for yourself, I don't mean physical combat because most bullies carry weapons to intimidate their victims.

Standing up for oneself means, you must not go along with someone else’s opinion to get along, and to avoid any further stress on your part, you must walk away from the situation immediately!

Then you must go directly to someone in authority and tell him/her about the incident because if you should remain "A Silent Victim," you will be giving that bully more time to harass you, which means the situation will only get worse.

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/3/2007
You offer some sound advice here, Dolores. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/24/2006
Blessed is the one that follows The Mother Poet!

A true poetic accomplished task in "LITTLE BOY" for its contents and profound message.

Thank You, Sublime Poet for posting "LITTLE BOY".

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

Reviewed by James Daniels 10/13/2003
Hey, this was wonderful...I absolutely loved this...take charge and let that voice be heard!!
James L Daniels
Reviewed by Angelica Young 10/2/2003
This is a Lovely write! I enjoyed it :)
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 10/1/2003
How true...well expressed...
Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa 10/1/2003
Powerful lines of truth. Thanks.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 10/1/2003
It's okay to be human. Good write Dolores. Lisa
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