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01 November, 2011

NEED FOR IMD: INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY POEM -- JOHN D. EVANS


As long as there is a boy
Who never met his father
As long as there is a lad
Who has no "daddy and me" stories
As long as there is a male child
Who spends his time out of class
On vacations, game stations
Detentions and suspensions
As long as there is one
Lost, blind, refuse to see
There is a need for IMD


As long as there is a young man
Who feels his pants must sag
To feel cool, to dig deep
As long as there is a man-in-training
Who speaks profanely
As long as there is a child, a son
Who wears shackles and sores
Manners, pride, and courtesy
As long as there is a man,
Anywhere, needing to be free
There will be a need for IMD

As long as there is a man
Who sacrifices for his family
As long as there is a man
Who loves and whose love is sweet
As long as there is a man
Who keeps on climbing
To the tip-top and won't stop
Pursuing, living a dream
As long as there is one
Any time - did, doing, done
There's a need for IMD


As long as there is an old sage
Sitting beneath an ancient tree
As long as there is an aged one
Whose branches, veins run deep
As long as there is a patient one
Running this race, victoriously
Holding on to a rich history
The flame is in the torch
As long as there is one
Anywhere, I believe
We need IMD