The Core of Masculinity
The core of masculinity does not derive
from being male,
nor friendliness from those who console.
Your old grandmother says
“Maybe you shouldn’t go to school, you look a little pale”
Run when you hear that.
A fathers stern slaps are better.
Your bodily soul wants comforting.
The severe father wants clarity.
He scolds but eventually
leads you into the open.
Pray for a tough instructor
to hear and act and stay within you.
We have been busy accumulating solace
Make us afraid of how we were.--Rumi
Friday, November 08, 2013
What Makes You A Man?
Having lived with my grandparents in my late-teens and early-twenties, and now watching my son board the train of adolescence, this poem by Rumi has a lot of wisdom in it, I think.