MASCULINITY

A tender virility,
That is masculinity,
Not soft without, hard within,
Nor soft with a hardened skin,
No, instead a careful blend,
Can stand tall, yet make amend,
Defend, but still listen near,
Lend a sympathetic ear,
Standing  fast when need be,
Protecting friend and family,
Not blindly, but with thought and care,
Loyalty that lingers there,
This is masculinity,
A tender virility.