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Poem: Not Man Enough

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

Poem Summary

Not man enough is about a man who is afraid when the one he loves becomes ill. He fears her dying and feels like he is trapped inside a cage with no way out. He turns into someone she doesn't recognize with a heart full of anger. He leaves them stranded with no way back into each other's arms.

"Let Them Go" by Madea

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Not Man Enough

She is trying
with every bit of her strength
to recover from her illness
but he is afraid,
fearing he might find her
lying helpless on the floor.

His intense fear misleds his mind,
believing he is helplessly caged
with no way to escape,
each time he looks into her eyes
he feels like he's less than a man,
as he wonders why he is staying
when he's not strong enough to hold on.

He turns into someone
she doesn't recognize,
a person with no heart
who uses anger to cover his pain,
who flees into the arms of another
instead of confessing his undying love.

Leaving them both stranded
feeling lost and alone,
realizing they can no longer turn back,
for their time together is gone,
they cannot undue what is done.

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Nothing will knock you down quicker than offering the best of yourself to someone and it still not being good enough.

— M W Poetry

"Not Man Enough" by Jim Diamond

© 2019 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 17, 2021:

When he's too scared to stay the course

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 15, 2019:

Thank you, Ann.

I appreciate your heartfelt comments.

Thank you for reading.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 15, 2019:

Shame that compassion isn't stronger in some people. Love is the key so I suppose this one didn't love enough. But that's easy to say until it's oneself who is in that situation!

Well done.

Ann

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 08, 2019:

Kari,

I think it must be an awful feeling to let fear take ahold of you this way.

Thanks for reading.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on December 08, 2019:

Isn't it odd how fear leads us to deny what we feel.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 06, 2019:

Manatita44,

I suppose every one handles this sort of thing differently.

manatita44 from london on December 06, 2019:

A big one. Fear can do this to us. The psyche is so different for another. Great poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 06, 2019:

Thank you so much, Paula.

Suzie from Carson City on December 05, 2019:

Beautiful Poetry and clearly, appropriated titled. Peace, Paula

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 05, 2019:

Rosina,

Thank you so much! Thise are great words for me today. .my Birthday.

Thank you.

Have a great nite.

Rosina S Khan on December 05, 2019:

I appreciate your efforts and promise, Brenda. Looking forward to reading more of your works. All my best. I wish you every success and joyful life.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 05, 2019:

Rosina,

After your suggestion I decided to take a look at my work.

It seems it has been quite awhile since i wrote of happiness and wonderful endings.

It has been a good 4 months...there are a couple scattered in there at 2 months.

Here is a link to one 4 months ago

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-I-Still-Want-to...

If you go through profile you will find others back at 4 months and beyond.

Thank you so much for letting me know.

Hope you like them snd as promised...i will write a happy one soon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 05, 2019:

Charlie,

Thank you so much...I am glad you find this one beautiful.

Thank you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 05, 2019:

John,

It is sad but it happens to many people.

Thanks for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 05, 2019:

Rosina,

Thank you so much for your kind heartfelt suggestion.

If you look through my profile you will find poems with happy endings.

It has been awhile since I wrote a few good ones like that and i promise to write another one soon.

Thanks for reading my work.

I love your comments and suggestions.

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on December 05, 2019:

Very sad but so true to life Brenda. Beautifully written poem

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 05, 2019:

You describe such a sad situation, Brenda. It is all too common that one partner in a relationship can not cope when the other is diagnosed with a serious disability or terminal illness. Well-written

Rosina S Khan on December 04, 2019:

Brenda, this is a good poem where you have portrayed the vanity and incompetence of a man who is most unsuitable for his girl.

While I love all your poems which carry a tone of sadness and bitterness, I would suggest that you also write poems with happy endings.

It would make you feel better and the world around you will also smile.

No hard feelings. Take it easy. It was just a suggestion.

Keep up your good work!

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