Gentleness is not something shameful
Or second best.
It is supreme strength of character--
Minus the muscle.
Gentleness is being vulnerable and honest--
Removing your masks and forgetting everything you ever heard
About "macho" men and Marlboro "manliness".
It says: can I help you?"
And "I'm sorry"
And "thanks a million."
Gentleness is admitting you have
Needs and hurts and fears
And is willing to ask for help.
It stands up for the rights of others
And not for your own.
Gentleness is the unfading beauty in a quiet spirit
Or an encouraging word
Or a kind smile
Or a good cry.
It is being able to talk openly
With a member of the opposite sex
Or to play with a child
Or to laugh with an adult.
Gentleness soothes the broiling edge of anger
It is strength that grows
From the inside out.
Gentleness is a velvet-wrapped brick.