Don’t let it happen, men!
Don’t let the blood spitting,
or Jim Anderson,
who never knew best,
of Mockingbird and Watchman fame
become the new frame
for your new
model and mentor.
After decades spent melting the molds
of obsolete masculinity
in the firey
crucible of change
(and resolving the attendant male bewilderment)
don’t reshape the new ideal
from the soft clay left on the table
into a remake of Grandpa!
(He was as confused
as we are
I know there are no precedents!
(Just look what we have for president!)
we have a unique opportunity here!
Don’t waste it by merely
regimentally reconditioning the old.
Ask the Women!
They’ve been yelling loud and long enough
for us to have learned something of what they want!
Consult humanities long history!
Surely there are suggested readings.
The Spartans were mighty men
and their women
matched them shield to shield.
What might we save of that memory?
There are too many Food-Lions now
to give logic to resurrecting
but their co-operating community,
each member of equal
is a valuable take away.
Use the mud wisely
to create a NEW MAN
on this Sixth Day.
And let Male and Female,
from the same Image created
when we are done,
“It is good!”
( enough for now.)