Be careful what you wish for.
If you wish to be a man’s man
you might find yourself at the end
a hard-pressed man who missed
the daily frailties that soften you
allowing you to close your eyes
and rest in peace. Perhaps the
grander wish is to be a woman’s man
or a child’s man or a dog’s man.
Those are the men missed when
they are finally gone.

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  1. Kiki Malone on May 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm


    Printing this and sticking it on the wall and the mirror and the front door!

  2. Kiki Malone on May 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Reblogged this on For The Most Kiki In The Morning and commented:
    I wish I had written this.

  3. Melinda Viergever Inman on May 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    This is perfect! Well said!

  4. pourcettetemps on May 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    John, you have been gifted in ways I can’t even begin to describe. I am thankful that someone pointed me your way (I am pretty certain it was mr seth haines) Keep on spreading the love with your beautiful writing.

    • thebeautifuldue on May 8, 2013 at 2:48 am

      Janel, thanks so much for reading, and then writing a little.

  5. scriptordeus on May 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Every man needs to read this and apply it. I am so grateful to be married to such a man. You put it so simply and beautifully. Thanks!

    • thebeautifuldue on May 8, 2013 at 2:49 am

      Thank you, and it sounds like you’ve got a good man.

  6. ThePhantomPlopper on May 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Why does this remind me of Taras Shevchenko’s Don’t Envy? Influence? Lovely piece, by the way, much enjoyed.

    • thebeautifuldue on May 8, 2013 at 2:50 am

      Thanks so much! I’ll have to look up Shevchenko.

  7. Julie on May 6, 2013 at 1:56 am

    John, check out Josiah’s Fire on FB. He is a 7 year old with autism who is non verbal yet speaks wisdom through his written word. Unbelievable. I am on my knees reading his words.

    • thebeautifuldue on May 8, 2013 at 2:51 am

      Hi, Julie. I’ll have to check it out. Thank you.

  8. Debbie Christian on May 9, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Just turned my head, held back some tears, and wished my dad had read this in his early years.

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