The "male form" classically elicits thoughts of certain characteristics, including strength, security, power, all of which lie deep within a hardened outer shell. But on closer inspection there is something much more primal to the nature of a "man". Man tends to fall short of their female counterparts when it comes to understanding and verbalizing their emotions. Thus they are faced with strange tumultuous insecurities, fears, judgements, and expectations, with no way to express the struggles they may face within themselves. Man has many stories to tell, but lacks the language to begin speaking. This poem is the closest I came to finding words for these primal emotions.
Melkonian, Vatche J.
"In the Death of a Phoenix,"
be Still: Vol. 2
, Article 33.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/bestill/vol2/iss1/33