A Boys-to-Men initiation experience can be powerful for a young guy. When he was seventeen, Mike E. attended a rite of passage weekend put on by the Boys to Men Mentoring Network of Minnesota. Following that experience he wrote a very compelling poem which, to me, describes the kind of "opening" that can occur for a young male at these events. You can read a copy of Mike's poem here.
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