Men, I salute you! Equality is only a century new,
true successes are few, so are the people who mew.
The pressures you and yours must endure,
for either’s insecurity, Darling, there’s no cure.
Whatever your role: Breadmaking or Breadwinning
Expectations and stereotypes don’t score an inning.
Transitions for both men and women are tough,
remove roadblocks, recognize that nurturing life is rough.
A Request to Men
THIS CENTURY FORTH
We’ve journeyed from careless whispers to a struggle on both sides!
Artless listening resides, power trips decried, careless anger derides.
Handsome or freak! Macho or meek! Groucho or Geek!
Accept with humility: Woman, like you will tweak.
Put image aside, talk frustration-free, honestly a while.
request translation of the male-female vocabulary, not defile.
In-laws and Out-laws, for both a (g)awkward moment,
Give love, it comes back around as good omen!
Build-Fix-Create work as a general rule,
But boomerangs on people, if demands are uncool.
Love you, love you, leave I must-
Let flow, let grow, save my brains from rust.
Sweety, what works for you, must work for me-
On a two-way street, Darling, be gracious and free.