Boys Will Be Boys
Boy-mischief and boy-carelessness and noise
Extenuated all, allowed, excused and smoothed away,
Each duty missed, each damaging wild act,
By this meek statement of unquestioned fact–
Boys will be boys!
Calm motherhood in place of boisterous youth;
No warfare now; to manage and arrange,
To nurture with wise care, is woman’s way,
In peace and fruitful industry her sway,
In love and truth.
This poem is in the public domain.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born on July 3, 1860, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Date Published: 1911-02-21
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/boys-will-be-boys