Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tolson 4 TEARS* Cheers Poem on "Tears"

I titled my book Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story based on a phrase I wrote: "It saddens me beyond my tears that love is lost within the fears." But a phrase is not enough to express what tears mean. I am glad the following poem crossed my path because it also uses the word "fear" in connection with "tear", and the discomfort often associated with crying.

The dictionary defines the word "tear" as "a drop of the saline, watery fluid continually secreted by the lacrimal glands between the surface of the eye and the eyelid, serving to moisten and lubricate these parts and keep them clear of foreign particles. 

This fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as the result of emotion, especially grief.

But the human condition is not easily defined by the dictionary. Often it takes the poet to describe what we experience in life. This poem interprets "tears" as a full expression of an emotional experience.

ART4Awareness by Michal Madison
When Tears Fall

by CM Cox
When tears fall in empathy,

one wonders what is wrong with that person.

When tears fall in sheer enjoyment,
one wonders why anyone would cry over happiness.

When tears fall in anger,
one wonders why anyone would do this.

When tears fail to fall,
fear wins, 
pain wins, 
our emotions lose,
our emotions lost.

When the tears of a child fall,
we leap to hold, 
we leap to wipe, 
we leap to mend, 
we leap to dry the reasons that make them cry.

When the tears of an adult fall,
we fail to hold,
we fail to wipe,
we fail to mend,
we fail to dry the reasons that makes another cry.

When the tears of an adult fall,
in happiness,
in sadness, 
in anger, 
in pain, 
in sympathy,
or in raw emotion---
we do not share this respected gift to one another,
because we fail to feel.

Tears fall because we feel, not because we don't.

*Tolson 4 TEARS: Telling Everyone About Rape & Suicide, so no shed tear is wasted

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