That generation of men

That generation of men


How long did I work with people who were abused?

Thirty eight years of my life

but always meeting that resistance

of silence and absolute denial by that generation of men


Thirty eight years trying to get through a wall

of silence, of intolerance,

it seems ridiculous to me now the ends they’d go

to avoid listening or do anything.


I was known in the United States

my boss shut his door refusing to answer his phone

he was out or in a meeting his secretary said

when I could see his car outside my window


That generation of men who believed children

asked for it in some way

or thought the abusers of children were right

it didn’t do the child harm after all they’re still breathing still alive.


Thirty eight years of listening

and now I worry that nothings really changed

another generation of men

are not talking about what they really think.



Published in I Am Not A Silent Poet October 2017.

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