The Blessings of Tears

I enjoy watching the surprise reunion videos of returning soldiers… In our lifetimes, some of us cry for many reasons…overwhelming joy or sadness or frustration. Some of us would like to cry but because of the unwritten mandate of having to be a tough kid, we were taught to hold it in and never cry. As a female in our society, it is somewhat more acceptable to cry under many circumstances.

Here is a poem I wrote in 2006 after I lost my mother suddenly due to a fall. Writing helped me release some of my emotions at that challenging time in my life.

Many in my immediate and extended family have lost loved ones this past year. They would understand these words about tears.

Tears 2006

Tears flowing down like rain
Washing the hopelessness of it all away.

Tears flowing down like rain
With sighs too loud for words.

Tears flowing down like rain
Leaking from unbridled joy.

Tears flowing down like rain
Frustration reigns and words can’t fix it.

Tears flowing down like rain
Strong emotions bring strong reactions.

Tears flowing down like rain
Expressing hope, relief, sadness, joy and frustration.

Tears flowing down like rain
Thank God for wet favors

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