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

  • Gold Star - 40,085 Points 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

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  • Silver Star - 3,516 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 11,548 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (8/17/2015 1:46:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 6,219 Points Melvina Germain (8/13/2015 1:34:00 PM)

    Such a beautiful journey, and splendid expression, I so enjoyed this poem..... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,516 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (8/6/2015 10:38:00 AM)

    Simon, I raise my hat to you. This is an amazing poem on the value of tear to every human being on earth. People know the value and reality of tears but never has anyone put the good things about a tear in the way you did it with this wonderful piece of art. Thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 166 Points Yashika Frin (7/31/2015 1:20:00 AM)

    its such a beautiful poem, the way you have expressed it wow. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,028 Points Ayman Parray (7/23/2015 5:55:00 PM)

    I have chosen the mountain, Howard and after climbing it I will shed a tear. And experience ~the power of a tear~. Brilliant poem that gave me an emotional high. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,162 Points Ovi-enita Odiete (7/19/2015 5:31:00 PM)

    What a wonderful poem.... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,301 Points Ramesh Rai (7/18/2015 12:38:00 AM)

    Though it is long but beautiful. Tears wash filthy heart. It is always powerful why not shed in joys or sorrows. Nicely written. + 10. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,009 Points Briony Nicholls (7/12/2015 10:26:00 PM)

    This is a brilliant poem, an emotional tour de force which takes us on a familiar journey we can all relate to. Well done! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 944 Points Muhammad Imtiyaz (7/12/2015 2:09:00 AM)

    beautiful lines (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 142 Points Julius Lenjatin (7/7/2015 6:57:00 AM)

    Much thanks to you my dear tear
    You are the reason I’m still here

    This has made me change in many ways, I read this poem first 2013 or thereabout, and it never went out of my mind. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,559 Points Soul Watcher (6/2/2015 1:44:00 AM)

    Much thanks to you my dear tear
    You are the reason I’m still here

    Very lovely poem, thanks for sharing.... long poem but I liked it: -) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,904 Points Points Of View (5/26/2015 10:52:00 AM)

    Wish that tears could heal my wounded heart.and replace the pain with happiness

    Nice poem full of inspiration (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,445 Points Akachukwu Lekwauwa (5/26/2015 6:51:00 AM)

    this could only come from the dept of soul. It shows the power of tear. This is a great piece. Please read my poem 'Isthmus Of Pain' (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,655 Points Hazel Durham (5/24/2015 5:35:00 AM)

    Outstanding write with such a beautiful style of writing you express your feelings with great clarity and with your very inspired lines, that impact with an emotional release that is like a volcano exploding with all it's pain and sorrow! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,462 Points Louis Borgo (5/23/2015 11:24:00 PM)

    unique style of writing and thank you for comments on my poems and rating them over the last five years at this point of my life i think i will continue to learn more of this art and craft rather then to write once more thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 208 Points Matt Ancient (5/21/2015 8:13:00 AM)

    well write and reads well poetry has future (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 66,573 Points Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (5/20/2015 7:14:00 AM)

    push out....


    Cry your worry and tension out
    Think freshly about
    What can be useful?
    And more purposeful (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,976 Points Akhtar Jawad (5/15/2015 9:46:00 AM)

    A great poem by any standards.....................10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 29, 2009

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 11, 2010


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