howard simon


~The Power of a Tear~ Poem by howard simon


Pounds of pain punctured my progress
Tons of trouble terminated my tranquility
Swarms of stress subtracted my substance
My heart exploded like a thousand thunders
My mind melted and my spirit splintered
Hanging by a thread destined to burst

I tried to wash away the wounds with words
But the stains were deeply dyed in concrete colors
Verbal detergents were badly and sadly defeated
Verbosity crumbled, fell at my feet and retreated
Internal torment was the architect of my demise
Terrorizing my thoughts and hijacking my hope

Music tried to massage me out of my misery
But though the words were so wonderful
And the melody so moving and majestic
Misfortune only mushroomed and multiplied

I sought solution in the fraternity of friends
But their fantastic fellowship fell flat on its face
As the vanity of my vicissitudes vented and vomited
Causing emotional dehydration and mental suffocation

Pounds of pain to be pushed out
Stupendous swarms of stress to secrete
But nothing happened until a tear fell from my eye
It impacted me so powerfully that I began to cry
I felt so happy that I jumped for joy
I was like a kid with a brand new toy
From that day I celebrated the power of a tear
And with anyone who would listen, share:

Hand picked from the clouds of my heart
Providing me with an excellent new start
A tear
Carrying the DNA of pain
Washing away hurtful stains
A tear
Expressing unspeakable feelings
Creating new channels of healing
A tear
Traveling through tunnels of tragedy
Transporting tremendous tons of therapy
A tear
Rushing into a river of reformation
Creating a deluge of consolation
A tear
Tearing down walls of internal imprisonment
Building beautiful bridges of betterment
A tear
Providing homeostasis
Averting my crisis
A tear
Seasoned with the salt of reality
Rescued me from the claws of insanity
A tear
Flowing directly from the tear in my soul
Anchoring my feet and making me whole
A tear
Much thanks to you my dear tear
You are the reason I’m still here

Submitted: Thursday, January 29, 2009
Edited: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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  • Rookie - 30 Points Sathinadhan@yahoo.co.in Sreedhar (3/30/2015 11:18:00 AM)

    Much thanks to you my dear Simon, You are the reason we are all still here, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 335 Points Elaine Sept (3/16/2015 1:15:00 AM)

    This is a lovely walk through emotion and resolution. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 912 Points Rakhi Jayashankar (2/11/2015 10:09:00 PM)

    very nice poem
    very. motivational for new poets (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (11/21/2014 6:41:00 PM)

    ...........in my opinion this poem deserves a place in the top 100.....very nice (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,489 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/14/2014 7:22:00 PM)

    Thanks for you kind words about my poem!

  • Bronze Star - 2,329 Points Ken E Hall (11/7/2014 1:18:00 AM)

    The release of pain the magic tear from the heart releases the grip of the feelings as in reality..lovely poem on its own beautiful...regards (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,373 Points Patricia Grantham (10/20/2014 7:37:00 AM)

    A magnificent poem is this. You portrayed a tear in the most
    beautiful way. Tears releases all of the pent up emotions of love,
    hate, joy, forgiveness, and a host of other feelings. Almost made
    me cry! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/18/2014 10:26:00 PM)

    use of alliteration and attired imagery so nice so beautiful..grief, pain, agony, trouble, stress, strain.poverty....your poetic silos keepeth all thank you (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,741 Points Heather Wilkins (10/6/2014 3:37:00 PM)

    a beautiful poem on tears flowing directly from the tear in my soul (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,549 Points Amitava Sur (9/11/2014 7:59:00 PM)

    It's a lovely heart winning poem about tears. So detailed and so thoughtful it's a masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 543 Points John Ugolo Umah (7/29/2014 4:45:00 AM)

    Hahahaha, Poet Howard, this is great & also insightful poem, tears are powerful more especially when its coming from a woman's eye. Thank you for you great comments on my poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 343 Points F. J. Thomas (7/28/2014 2:26:00 PM)

    Many a time I could not rest until those tears I tried so hard to hold onto were finally released. What a beautiful tapestry of words you have weaved here Howard :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,450 Points Electric Lady (7/22/2014 10:42:00 PM)

    Wow. Wow. Wow. This poem is out of this world! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,783 Points Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (7/20/2014 12:16:00 PM)

    A masterpiece indeed.....Simon......how you put down so much emotions on a small drop of tear and it seems
    life begins, sustains and comes to an end with this priceless object called tears...........simply brilliant (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,548 Points Geetha Jayakumar (7/20/2014 10:40:00 AM)

    Wow. A fantastic poem.
    Beautiful flow of Tears
    that poured from heart
    released a bunch of pain
    tear seasoned with salty
    Gave one the reason to live..........Tears added a beautiful flavours to ones life.......Beautiful..Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,065 Points Mandolyn ... (7/19/2014 3:55:00 PM)

    verbosity crumbled... i like that
    the alliteration is a lot, but it's a cool write. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,554 Points Godfrey Morris (6/10/2014 10:45:00 PM)

    Wonderful words beautifully formed. Words so true and inspiring poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,007 Points Khairul Ahsan (3/28/2014 8:26:00 PM)

    The poem comes from the heart and touches others' hearts as it flows. Tears open the pressure valve inside and causes an emotional catharsis, which provides immediate relief and peace of mind.
    'Internal torment was the architect of my demise
    Terrorizing my thoughts and hijacking my hope' - The torment and its effects are described here so well!
    'But nothing happened until a tear fell from my eye
    It impacted me so powerfully that I began to cry
    I felt so happy that I jumped for joy
    I was like a kid with a brand new toy
    From that day I celebrated the power of a tear
    And with anyone who would listen, share: ' - Excellent!
    I have a poem titled 'Chemistry of Tears'. This is nowhere near to be matched with this beautiful piece of yours, yet, if you have time, please do read and comment. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,373 Points Patricia Grantham (3/3/2014 7:12:00 AM)

    Yes there is tremendous power in a tear. It cleanses the wounds
    of a troubled soul and rescues us from the tunnels of darkness.
    The power of a tear transcends above all feelings. Well done! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 52 Points Erika Wingo (2/27/2014 8:10:00 PM)

    WOW! This is so beautifully written and eloquently expressed...deeply moving. There is profound meaning and power within your words. I really love this Howard. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 423 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (2/25/2014 8:09:00 AM)

    In the dryness of extreme pain
    First a tear drop, then the rain
    And the crying will not be in vain
    But refreshed we shall rise again...........

    Very good write, keep on at it....... (Report) Reply

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