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Don Boyd Male, 70, United States (8/20/2012 1:38:00 PM)

Looking for a poem that I cannot find. It contrasts the impact of women sharing with women and men sharing with men. One of the lines is something like, " ... and men leave with the pain of no one knowing."

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  • Rookie Don Boyd (8/22/2012 10:05:00 AM) Post reply
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    Thanks Laura, that's it. I have shared this poem with many men when talking to them about the benefits of participating in a men's group. Don't know how I lost it.

  • Veteran Poet - 1,716 Points Laura Burns (8/20/2012 8:08:00 PM) Post reply


    By James Kavanaugh

    Women gather
    Free to chat of impotent husbands
    And not quite forgotten lovers,
    Sharing dreams with old or new friends
    And confiding desperation,
    Baring souls and unburdening hearts,
    Then leave relaxed and laughing,
    Promising to lunch again soon,
    Freed from the pain of no one knowing.

    Men gather
    Free to boast of the money they’ve made
    Or will make soon – or the women,
    Displaying how strong and controlled they are
    And unafraid of competition,
    Sharing triumphs and hiding themselves,
    Then leave with a handshake and “See you around, ”
    Bleeding silently within themselves,
    Bearing the pain of no one knowing.

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