Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Some Cry


Some cry
in the stall
of the men’s room
during the sermon

and some cry
at the far end of
the Target parking lot
with the windows
rolled up
and the music on
loud.

Some cry
just sitting there
in the Starbucks
afraid to be
anything but invisible.

Some cry
but you’d never know it
for all the pain
they inflict
on others.

Some cry
only when
they’re happy
for to cry
otherwise
would start
an endless flood.

Some cry in the spotlight,
and some in that moment of
massive quiet
after they orgasm.

Some cry for the
mistakes that brought them
here,
and some cry
for the dreams that
never will be.

Some cry
because they can’t un-learn
how not to cry

and some cry
because it’s all
they have left.

Everybody cries,

but in this universal
malaise
lies the hope
for the birth of
empathy
which can give birth to
compassion
which can give birth to
love.

(Written for http://dversepoets.com/ #OpenLinkNight)

28 comments:

  1. This is so profound and beautifully written! :)
    I enjoyed reading it.


    Some cry
    in metaphors
    of skillful poetry
    painting their tears
    into beautiful portraits.

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  2. Great way to portray the surrounding world, some cry indeed.

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  3. way too many people around us carry so much pain...and it's good if we hear their cries...a deep and meaningful write...thank you

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  4. Very nice. I like how you lead us to empathy, compassion, and love. What wonderful things to grow because they were watered by a tear. Peace, Linda

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  5. oh wow, love the way this is written... indeed we all cry... beautiful

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  6. "Some cry
    because they can’t un-learn
    how not to cry"

    Powerful stuff, Mosk! Loved this!

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  7. A kind of ghazal on crying. Very beautiful in its explorations of the act and the catharsis. Thank you.

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  8. really like that last stanza...there are people every day walking around like zombies...surely crying inside...hurting from this or that...and i hope too it bends to compassion....

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  9. Beautifully done and after all those tears you ended with love. :)

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  10. We are all supposed to cry at times. Those who hold in the tears worry me. Love this!

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  11. I believe that we cannot love without experiencing empathy--your piece made me remember that --Thank you for a profound read!

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  12. A meaningful write...we all cry..we all carry burdens. I enjoyed this!

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  13. The details give this so much power. Excellent write.

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  14. Love all the crying scenarios...me, I cry at every little thing but then I feel better.

    Enjoyed this crying post ~ I am smiling ~

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  15. I really think it's an awful thing when parents teach their kids that big boys don't cry. we're humans, of course we're all supposed to cry, if we really have real emotions
    Great writing!

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  16. All around us are people who are crying... and yes there is hope... may we not be deaf & blind to the cries around us... powerful and meaningful write.

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  17. Anonymous7:47 PM

    I only learned to cry in the last few years. This is insightful. -Dark Angel

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  18. To cry, for any reason shows that we still can feel, are still 'alive.' Your last stanza is perfect and sums up the hope that waits there for all of us. Beautiful & well executed piece.

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  19. Lovely, melancholic poem ~ crying releases so much tension. It's good to cry ..

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  20. This is lovely ... the last stanza says it all to me:

    but in this universal
    malaise
    lies the hope
    for the birth of
    empathy
    which can give birth to
    compassion
    which can give birth to
    love.

    Here's to empathy, compassion and LOVE!

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  21. Perfect! Many reasons for crying indeed. If people don't cry aloud, they cry in their hears..I think. I have known some people I never saw cry.

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  22. This gave me chills for a few different reasons!

    -one: A little over a year ago I locked myself in a stall at church after a sermon that gripped my soul. After everyone left I went to Target next to the church went in bought a bunch of pills paid with a hundred dollar bill and told the cashier to keep the change. I went in my car parked in the back, turned the music up and cried as I started to die.

    Someone saved my life... I'm not sure why the 'universe' allowed me to live.

    Two: We cry and because we cry we we learn to have the compassion and we love. this was a poem that I can't believe I read today... it reminded me why I cry and why I must live.

    this was beautiful and they way you ended it was perfect!!!

    ~L

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  23. I love this! I hate crying but this makes me feel like I'm only human which always helps. Beautiful!

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  24. Incredible, truly. Of all the poetry that I have read so far on this week's dVerse OpenLinkNight, this one moved me strongest. Thank you so much. By the way, I do cry and I'm okay with it.

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  25. Excellent!
    Love is the key to many things and empathy has been lost to a degree, humanity needs to regain that poignant emotion!
    I love this poem!
    Poppy :)

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  26. This is very good. Some of us can pull it off. You definitely can.

    Cheers,

    Mark Butkus

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  27. there is beauty in this sadness.... and hope at the end. nice write.

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  28. This poem came to me at just the right time...

    Crying: one of the few things that all humans have in common...

    Crying: the physical manifestation of something that cannot be put into words.

    And yet you've written beautiful words about crying.

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