On Human Strength

On Human Strength

A man can’t pretend weakness.
Weakness is real.
Human are weak
All a human being can
Is strength:
Strength is never real.

The only man worth
Respect is one who
Fakes strength
Both consistently
And believably
Even to himself.

Is never real.

from Poems of the New Old West
Copyright 2002, Jack Purcell

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