Michael Walker

Freshman - 969 Points (July 15,1990 / Omaha)

The Gift Of Tears - Poem by Michael Walker

There is a desire You cannot despise,
That knows that love is fire, and lust is rust,
And gives birth to the heart's thoughts through the eyes
To quench my soul, knowing I turn to dust.

May tears of damnation be strange to me;
I do not want to cry the tears of death,
For when Your Mercy I at last should see,
I realize You gave me Your own breath.

So may my tears be mingled with Your blood!
May tears of true contrition be my milk!
For I deserved to die in the Great Flood,
And yet You let me sleep in sheets of silk!

The love You feel for me is like a fire
That burns for nothing more than my desire.

Topic(s) of this poem: love and pain


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Aware of my nothingness before the divinity, I wrote this inspired by Saint Catherine of Siena's Dialogue, in which she describes the various kinds of tears the soul can produce.

Comments about The Gift Of Tears by Michael Walker

  • Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/12/2016 9:33:00 AM)

    'For I deserved to die in the Great Flood,
    And yet You let me sleep in sheets of silk! '

    I really love these two lines Luc. As I said I am an atheist, but I agree with these lines.. Our world is filled with people who have no values, no compassion, and worst of all no EMPATHY.. I don't know very well about important virtues because I had (unfortunately) shown little interest towards Christian theology, but I should..

    'Love thy neighbour' - we need that.. As Christ dies for our sins as it was written in the Bible - I look at it as myth and fiction - but then, there are sinful people all around.. There are people who take things for granted.. We are taking humanity for granted.. Christian, belonging to any other religion, agonists, Satanist (!) , atheist - whatever the hell we may be, we have no right to be so ungrateful to our beautiful planet and its residents (human or non-human) .. No right to single-handedly ruin it all as we have been doing for centuries...

    We need more humane approach, more compassion, more empathy, and more love - and amen to that brother... (Report) Reply

    Luc Leclaire Luc Leclaire (2/12/2016 12:09:00 PM)

    Thank you for your thought-out reflection, Souren. I agree entirely. I always appreciate your deeply felt insights. Much of what you say reminds me of a course I am currently studying for in Jainism, in which non-violence is the highest virtue. I believe Christ exemplified this virtue by dying on a cross. Myth has acquired a negative connotation. I would agree that the Bible could be called a societal myth in the broad, original sense of the term; however, I believe myth can be another way of conveying truth (obviously not empirical, as it may be) . Even if I did not believe Jesus was God, I would believe He was a historical person who existed, like Socrates. Both went to their deaths willingly, rather than kill in response. Humanity must remember our common bond in a return to our reverence for life in all its forms. We are to be stewards of our environment. You may enjoy the writings of Saint Francis, not to mention Pope Francis. Again, I always enjoy your thoughts, and I am going to review more of your poetry!

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  • Dr.tony Brahmin Dr.tony Brahmin (1/10/2016 3:14:00 PM)

    So may my tears be mingled with Your blood!
    May tears of true contrition be my milk!
    For I deserved to die in the Great Flood,
    And yet You let me sleep in sheets of silk!

    Soul. love, dust, . lust, tears of damnation, tears of death, your mercy, so many ideas you are trying to spread through this poem dear poet. thank you very much. tony (Report) Reply

    Luc Leclaire Luc Leclaire (1/10/2016 3:41:00 PM)

    You are most welcome. Thank you!

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 20, 2014



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