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

Comments about ~the Power Of A Tear~ by howard simon

  • Simone Inez Harriman Simone Inez Harriman (2/2/2016 10:07:00 PM)

    Descriptively penned of heavy mounting tension before the relief of release. Superb write...10 (Report) Reply

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  • Nosheen Irfan Nosheen Irfan (1/19/2016 12:33:00 AM)

    This is really powerful writing. How you have kept up the alliteration throughout the poem is amazing craft. Very well-articulated feelings. Sheer class. (Report) Reply

  • Niamat Ali Murtazai (1/1/2016 11:29:00 AM)

    A very very nice expression of feelings through tears. (Report) Reply

  • Lily Yang Lily Yang (1/1/2016 8:47:00 AM)

    a tear is powerful for you (Report) Reply

  • Muhammad Imtiyaz Muhammad Imtiyaz (12/28/2015 6:44:00 AM)

    very beautifully composed lines..... (Report) Reply

  • Thabani Khumalo Thabani Khumalo (12/26/2015 5:37:00 AM)

    A tear
    Much thanks to you my dear tear
    You are the reason I’m still here (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/26/2015 2:14:00 AM)

    To wash away the wounds with words. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • E.j. Langley E.j. Langley (12/12/2015 1:10:00 AM)

    A beautiful and heartfelt poem. I could feel the pain and the triumph. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Kamini Arichandran (12/11/2015 4:29:00 AM)

    Proves that a true man does cry~ (Report) Reply

  • Melissa Patty Melissa Patty (11/21/2015 5:41:00 PM)

    This poem is absolutely breathtaking, so powerful! (Report) Reply

  • Tammi Celina Lyons Tammi Celina Lyons (11/19/2015 3:09:00 AM)

    I feel your words, beautifully written and so moving. I can relate to this exactly of how I felt about my yesterday. Well done, keep your mind going and held high. (Report) Reply

  • Maria Sharon Moemise Maria Sharon Moemise (10/26/2015 1:25:00 PM)

    I just want to continue reading this poem. I love the passion, power and purity of your work. Great writing style. Wow! (Report) Reply

  • Curtis Johnson (10/25/2015 11:30:00 PM)

    This is good. It's true that tears is a language of wordless communication. Tears are like medicine to heal what ails us. Though tears are not a cure all that blocks pain from ever entering again, they do indeed, like water passing through a dame, release our insides. Thus, a catastrophy is averted. (Report) Reply

  • Mereia Namatua Mereia Namatua (10/12/2015 1:42:00 AM)

    a tear carrying the DNA o my pain- really brings a tear to my eye after thinking about it (Report) Reply

  • Della Perry Della Perry (10/4/2015 9:13:00 AM)

    I wash away my wounds with words, I believe this is what writer's write for. Wonderful expression, enjoyed every word. (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sud Russia Liza Sud Russia (9/22/2015 11:53:00 PM)

    what a nice Ode to a tear!
    Music tried to massage me out of my misery - great! (Report) Reply

  • Dorothy- A. Holmes Dorothy- A. Holmes (9/18/2015 12:04:00 PM)

    A most passionate verse...My pleasure to visit your pages.
    A Poet Who Loves To Sing (Report) Reply

  • Roseann Shawiak (8/21/2015 4:58:00 AM)

    Very powerful and exquisite imagery, tears rinse the soul from the pain and suffering in life, giving us a fresh new start once our hearts and minds move forward. A truly great and touching poem eliciting the tears hidden within. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (8/18/2015 1:05:00 PM)

    Simon, I do appreciate this very much, I tell you. You have the heart and the language for a poet. Thanks a lot, for bringing the basic reality and the great value of tears, even starting from a single tear. Keep on posting. (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti Abdulrazak Aralimatti (8/17/2015 1:46:00 PM)

    Truly, tear is a medication and relief
    Loved reading and commenting (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 29, 2009

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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