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"to the boys afraid of dying
they said you had no right
to the softer parts inside your chest.
you were better off without them.
it made you weak.
i’m so sorry.
your papa taught you
looks better in a clenched fist and
she comes at your body like a feast.
she picks you clean, then wants to know
why you are so empty.
i cannot be the place you go to bury her.
you will have to learn to be alone.
this is strength, but not in the way
your father taught it to you. no—
you have to learn and relearn softness
without hands smaller than your own
carrying it for you.
you will have to be brave.
is nothing less
you are more than the heartbreak
you didn’t know what to do with.
when you reach the cliff’s edge,
you will feel like jumping.
it is courage,
that makes you step back."
— TO THE BOYS AFRAID OF DYING by Ashe Vernon
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