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The Voyager

Unveiling the Essence of Manhood: A Journey Through Courage, Resilience, and Wisdom in Verse

By Utkarsh SinhaPublished about a year ago 3 min read
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If life is a journey, a ceaseless quest,

And man is the voyager, striving for best.

From boyhood to manhood, his path he paves,

Each step in the journey, a memory he saves.

Like Ulysses, he yearns for the unexplored,

The thrill of discovery is his reward.

In the face of the unknown, he does not quail,

Embracing the storm, he sets his sail.

The trials of life, they mould his soul,

In the fiery forge, he plays his role.

With Kipling's wisdom, he understands,

Triumph and disaster are but shifting sands.

His strength is not merely in muscle and bone,

But in the courage to face the unknown.

The kindness he shows, the love he shares,

Are the markers of the man who cares.

He dreams, but does not become a slave,

To the visions that call from the beyond the grave.

He thinks, but does not let thoughts rule,

His mind is a tool, not a tyrannical school.

He understands that to give is to gain,

That growth often comes clothed in pain.

He learns to bend, not break, under strife,

Understanding this, is understanding life.

He walks with kings, keeps his virtue intact,

With common touch, he responds with tact.

Neither foes nor friends can sway his core,

For he knows himself, seeking to know more.

When life takes a turn, brings him to his knees,

He rises, rebuilds, like trees after a freeze.

His heart and nerve and sinew he commands,

To serve his purpose, to meet life's demands.

He cherishes every unforgiving minute,

Sees the world as a stage, himself within it.

His journey is not just to endure,

But to experience, to learn, to mature.

So here's to the voyager, steady and wise,

Who sees not just with his eyes.

He lives, he loves, he gives, he dares,

He's the man who cares, who shares, who bears.

Author's Take:

The "Voyager" seeks to encapsulate the essence of a man's journey through life. It's an homage to the quiet courage and unwavering tenacity that form the backbone of manhood. As an author, I wanted to draw from the profound wisdom and poetic techniques of Rudyard Kipling, whose works have profoundly influenced my understanding of manhood.

The poem is built around the metaphor of life as a voyage, a journey that's not always smooth, but always enlightening. The protagonist, like Kipling's character in "If", navigates through triumphs and disasters with equanimity, understanding them as transient phases of life. The influence of Kipling's philosophy is particularly evident in the fourth and seventh stanzas, where the man retains his integrity amidst diverse company and remains steadfast in his sense of self.

Additionally, the poem incorporates elements from Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses", another piece that vividly describes a man's insatiable desire for exploration and knowledge. The second stanza pays tribute to this, painting a picture of the man as an adventurer, eager to face the unknown.

In the end, "The Voyager" is not merely about surviving or enduring the journey of life but about living it fully and authentically. It's about understanding that manhood is not about brute strength or power but about compassion, wisdom, resilience, and integrity. It's about being the man who "cares, who shares, who bears."

Like Kipling, I sought to write a poem that can serve as a guide and inspiration for any man navigating life's voyage. It is my hope that the verses will resonate with readers, prompting them to reflect on their journey and appreciate the beauty of the voyage that is life.

EmpowermentWisdomMen's PerspectivesMasculinityManhoodInspiration

About the Creator

Utkarsh Sinha

Tinkering with my writing skills day in day out. I'm a person who likes quality over quantity. Stay tuned!

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  • Antoinette L Brey10 months ago

    A very brave man inspiring

  • C.Z.about a year ago

    Powerful and poignant! Great job

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