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The topic for this poem was suggested by Natalya Tyutenkova.
Tears surface when we lose a close friend
Or someone we love did us offend.
Tears surface when a dream has been deferred
Or an unexpected miracle in life occurred.
Tears surface in cases of hurt and personal agony
Or rebirth, new found ecstasy and inner harmony.
Tears surface with re-reading soul-wrenching lines in a poem
Or welcoming the restless soul back home.
Tears surface with new found liberation
Or rekindling the ashes of emancipation.
Tears surface when performing community service and not paying a fine
Or being found innocent of some terrible crime.
Tears surface in the emotions of the new immigrant citizen
Or victims of hatred and supporters of patriotism.
Tears surface with healing and the marvels of modern science
Or touching, enduring prayers and steadfast patience.
Tears surface with the death of a pet and favorite flower
Or loss of a homeland and political power.
Tears surface with those facing a terminal illness situation
Or babies born with a debilitating mental and physical condition.
Tears surface when singing a familiar hymn or recounting a folk tragedy
Or sharing one’s pilgrimages and personal geography.
Tears are the result of deep-seated sentiments
Of grieving, happiness and outright fulfillments.
Tears represent the outpouring of some emotion
Of unexpected losses and personal emancipation.
Tears release our rivers of joys and of sorrows
Of heavy burdens and beds of flowers.
Tears come from victims of bullying, subtle and blatant racism
Of family abuse, police and acts of terrorism.
Tears accompany acts of personal growth and freedom
Of breaking free of a family, society and religious tradition.
Tears are welcomed in times of confession
Of emptying pent-up anger and frustration.
Tears are our geysers of an endless search for oneness
Of striving for newness and being morally righteous.
Tears and weeping are mediums of therapy
Of deep sharings of both harm and ecstacy.
Tears can also be fountains of surprise and glee
Of inward growth and new found liberty.
Tears come from fantasy and from happiness
Of giveness and also forgiveness.
Tears forever water the desert of the human soul
From which all goodness and love eternally flow.
Stan Brunn, June 28, 2015