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Paschal said to Michael,
As they leaned across the gate,
Do you know what Iíve been hearing,
More and more about of late,
Those that seem to know are saying,
And I think it might be true,
Men should talk about their feelings,
The way that Women do.
Michael said to Paschal,
Backing slowly from the gate,
Confiding on their feelings,
Won't be keeping men up late,
Menís feelings are like flowers,
That grow along the glade,
Some bloom in the sunshine,
Some prefer the shade.
They laughed and talked of World affairs,
They laughed and talked of sport,
Who was new in the neighbourhood,
Who was up in Court.
But stillborn dreams, self-unbelief,
Loves and longings went unspoken,
The gate that held those feelings in,
Insured the silence stayed unbroken.
By Paddy Mulhern