A Few Good Men

May 25, 2013 in Brothers, Good Men, Men, Uncategorized

This is one for the men who do the work and keep on moving including the guys that joined me for that life journey work we did at “The Wall” recently…

A Few Good Men

I am looking
for a
few good men
though not necessarily
the ones with
crease and side arm.

I am looking for men
who take becoming
like medals to be earned
who fail in exact
proportion
to learning
who are not afraid
of facial condensation
because a
river runs
through them.

I am looking for men
who choose to love
above
“learn to kill”;
who stay with
a woman
before their heart
can get there
who hunt…
I am looking for men
who hunt
who track themselves
in the cold deep
snow
who see the precious
footprints
of their past
sorrow selves
and have the courage
to find the lost
boy

and lead
him
back.

I am looking for men
of balance
who figure out
their worst and best
equations,
the summary, the equal
that equals
themselves.
I am looking for men
who make warrior
journey travel women
proud
who tilt the
world on its axis
twice daily
who never give up
on their brothers
who return for their daughters
a hundred fairy tale years later.

I am looking for men
who hold themselves
up
hold each other
who are not afraid
to suspend
other men
half way between
earth
and sky
and say,
“Stay there
as long as
you need.
I got you.”
I am looking for men
who do that.

I am looking for good men
because good men
rekindle their goodness
even when their fathers
did not
good men
good men
just keep going
keep pushing past
snow banks
and mud shoals
and log jams
and track
their precious them
down.

I am looking for men
like that,
and the men
who are listening
are like that
are like this
are never lost forever
are
not
lost
boys
they are the men who find them,
who find the boys,
good men
find their boys
finally
and love their daughters
and return to
the scene of the time.

I am looking for men
who tilt the axis.
I am looking for men
like that
like good
like men
more than few,
a
few
good
men.

A Few Good Men

3 Comments

    1. Stacy Emerson says:

      My best friend called me this evening to read your poem to me which she heard this morning at church. I was so moved that I wept. Thank you for writing it, for sharing it, and for moving me so.

    2. Michelle Regan says:

      I like this poem very much, Lucas. Thank you.

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