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

  • Shihabudheen K J Shihabudheen K J (8/26/2016 3:11:00 PM)

    A rare poem of distinction on tears.Thanks for sharing it

    A tear
    Seasoned with the salt of reality
    Rescued me from the claws of insanity

    Meaningful (Report) Reply

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  • Rose Kanana Rose Kanana (8/24/2016 1:19:00 PM)

    The sad to happy mood brought out great hope and catharsis. Great piece Simon (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan Rajesh Thankappan (8/20/2016 12:02:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem on the therapeutic effect of tears and woven with great dexterity. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham Patricia Grantham (8/16/2016 1:17:00 PM)

    A stunning write. The underestimated power of the tear. It can sometimes bring down the highest mountains or raise up the lowest valleys. Truly amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. Hebert Logerie Sr. (8/11/2016 9:18:00 PM)

    Many powerful alliterations for a wonderful poem! (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. Hebert Logerie Sr. (8/11/2016 9:16:00 PM)

    But their fantastic fellowship fell flat on its face, this is a genial alliteration, which will never falter. (Report) Reply

  • Maria Sharon Moemise Maria Sharon Moemise (8/4/2016 1:11:00 AM)

    Powerful! I'm rendered speechless (Report) Reply

  • Mysia Hayling Mysia Hayling (8/3/2016 10:50:00 AM)

    What a wonderful well put together poem, truly excellent. I love it. It is an inspiration. A most insightful write. The play on the words, so well combined, truly depicting the picture so clear. As a poet I am truly impressed and inspired. Thank you for sharing. Keep writing. (Report) Reply

  • Anitah Muwanguzi Anitah Muwanguzi (7/31/2016 11:54:00 PM)

    Tearing down walls of internal imprisonment
    Building beautiful bridges of betterment

    These are some of my favorite lines among so many incredible ones- wow. (Report) Reply

  • V.m.saraswathy Munuswamy V.m.saraswathy Munuswamy (7/27/2016 11:01:00 PM)

    My god great research on the power of tears, unique, mindful, words, awesome reality, what a dedication with flow of thoughts, seasoned with vocabulary, masterpiece, really your name speaks your....self, I am happy to read and review your dear poems, thanks friend (Report) Reply

  • Stephanie Hazle Stephanie Hazle (7/25/2016 11:43:00 AM)

    This poem brought me to tears. So wonderfully relatable and impeccably written. Bravo! ! !

    Seasoned with the salt of reality
    Rescued me from the claws of insanity... (Report) Reply

  • Golden Nkemdirim Golden Nkemdirim (7/25/2016 8:13:00 AM)

    This is beautifully done. A tear is powerful to cleanse all hurts and wounds. Thanks for reminding us. (Report) Reply

  • Gary Liles Gary Liles (7/13/2016 2:38:00 PM)

    Superbly written, a joy to read such finery. ☺😊😀 (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (7/8/2016 11:59:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem. See my Tiny Wing Of Time. It got to you well before me. (Report) Reply

  • Aimee .. (6/15/2016 3:14:00 PM)

    I really like this. Interesting exploration (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (6/5/2016 10:29:00 AM)

    A tear
    Seasoned with the salt of reality
    Rescued me from the claws of insanity...../...Great...expression...Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Scarcelli (6/2/2016 10:24:00 AM)

    Very fluid, whether by rhyme, cadence, consonants, or meaning. Great work. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (5/25/2016 12:11:00 PM)

    A childbirth of profundity with rendition of words to utmost justice. An insightful piece of poetry that leaves the excited soul of the reader with an enigma to ponder. Lovely masterpiece that consolidates your rank as Field Marshal and an icon of poetry. Indeed you merit your position as No.1 poet alive. May Almighty God continue to inspire and shelter you. Always remain blessed. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra Subhas Chandra Chakra (5/20/2016 3:47:00 AM)

    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
    A rare poem of distinction on tears.Thanks for sharing it. Subhas (Report) Reply

    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/23/2016 12:59:00 PM)

    'A rare poem of distinction? Wow! Thank you so much for your positive perspective

  • Shashikant Nishant Sharma Shashikant Nishant Sharma (4/15/2016 10:13:00 PM)

    This is really an inspiring poem. I really appreciate it. Good work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 29, 2009

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 11, 2010


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