My Godfather taught me

that men don't cry

it's feminine, weak, pathetic

I remember that day like yesterday

my grandparents, who were my parents, were fighting

my rapacity for them to not hurt eachother

expressed itself in tears

my uncle looked straight into my eyes

and with a dominant, masculine, disgusted voice

he condescendingly commanded:

Hassan! STOP crying!

and I haven't cried since.

© Hassan Souto 2009

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