Real Men Say I Love You
Now that you're turning twenty-one, I'm sure you understand
that, chronologically, the world now views you as a man.
Since most maintain their own concept of what a man should be,
perhaps it's time you understood what that word means to me.
Contrary to what twenty-one-year-olds these days might think,
no one becomes a man just 'cause the law says he can drink.
It's not expected you'll have financial security.
And these days, not many expect sexual purity.
Very few twenty-one-year-olds have chosen a vocation.
And even fewer, at that age, have their own habitation.
It isn't my intention, though, to say what a man is not.
So here's some traits that real men today should display a lot.
The Internet has made the world a cultural buffet.
Tolerance, therefore, is a thing that real men must convey.
Gender roles at work and home have gotten pretty gray.
So caring for their children, real men must do every day.
And contrary to what many Neanderthals perceive,
gender equality's something in which all real men believe.
But surely the most critical manhood prerequisite
is setting goals and making sure that to them you commit.
Some other things are used to take the measure of a man.
And if you let me, I'll try to teach all of them I can.
For now, however, let me close by citing just this one;
real men take every chance they get to say, "I love you son."
William Chaplar's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (Real Men Say I Love You by William Chaplar )
Still I Rise
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Edgar Allan Poe
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A Dream Within A Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
(9 November 1928 – 4 October 1974)
- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
- Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
- Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
- Good Morrow, John Donne
- Daffodils, William Wordsworth
- If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
- All Through The Barren Winter, ANDREW BLAKEMORE
- After a Death , Tomas Tranströmer
- Dreams, Langston Hughes
- Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye