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forbidden tears

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

i am awake
in a hazy morning sleepiness

gazing over the city that is drowned in mist
i churn in my head
how many more identical mornings
promising identical ends to the day
shall my weak bones carry

‘why won’t you come home
your father has bladder cancer’
i dreamt last night

a man is crying on the street
he wears a spotless white button-up and dress pants
a woman strokes his arm

he looks up
towards the scraping end of the building
maybe his red eyes are searching for the sky

i wish more men gave their tears permission to flow
to bask in the glory of possession of that
which makes you cry

emotions are heavy
they grind my insides

‘don’t cry, don’t cry’

nobody wants to hold your tears
and lick the saltiness

put your tears in a jar
and store them on your heart

put your feelings in a jar
and store them in your gut

put your thoughts in a jar
and store them on your feet

put yourself in a jar
and store it in your mother’s womb

do you forbid your tears from trickling down?

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20 Comments

  1. Great poem! Great concept! Would love to put my feelings into a jar and leave them on a shelf! Thanks for sharing! 💙

    1. Thank you Patty 💙 Always a pleasure when you read and comment!

  2. No. At least I try not to stop them. It’s a hard habit to break.

    1. I am the opposite, I cry whether I am sad or happy! It can be quite cathartic!

      1. Oh, that’s kind of what I mean. I use to fight tears, for happy or sad. Fighting the tears is a hard habit to break, I mean. 😉

  3. I really like this, Em. I wish more men let themselves cry, too.

    1. Yes, agreed!

  4. This is beautifully written!

    1. Thank you x

  5. Fantastic poem – really powerful words!

    If you like, I was thinking of nominating you for my next Sunshine Blogger Award. There’s no need to participate in the quiz if you’d prefer not to, but would you like your blog signposted for new readers to check out?

    1. Thanks Tom, and I keep missing these! Sorry I am a bit of a scatter in general 🙁

      1. Not a problem! 🙂 Real life commitments should always come first, hope yours is going okay into 2019 x

  6. Nope, I let mine flow!

    1. Just when I think you couldn’t get any better…!

      1. Aww…I’m really not that good, I’m just an ordinay average guy. But thank you, dear!

  7. Another great poem!

    I know that crying is supposed to be good for you, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to allow my tears to flow – at least not in public; I’ve been far too conditioned to be ‘male’.

    1. I stifle the tears in public with the rationalization that the tears in private are a more honest representation of me.

      1. Yes, that makes sense; what we do when no one is watching is a more honest reflection of our character.

      2. As long as you let it go…

    2. Baby tears! Hopefully tears of joy x

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