For The Dads

A MAN IN GRIEF

It must be very difficult

To be a man in grief,

Since ‘men don’t cry’ and ‘men are strong’

No tears can bring relief.

It must be very difficult

To stand up to the test,

And field calls and visitors

So she can get some rest.

They always ask if she’s alright

And what’s she’s going through,

But seldom take his hand and ask,

‘My friend, but how are you?’

He hears her crying in the night

And thinks his heart will break.

He dries her tears and comforts her,

But ‘stays strong’ for her sake.

It must be very difficult

To start each day anew.

And try and be so very brave—

He lost his baby too.

(Eileen Knight Hagemeister)

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