howard simon


~The Power of a Tear~


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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Geetha Jayakumar (2/19/2014 12:10:00 PM)

    A Powerful write from your pen.
    Tears washes away the pains and stains
    Without tears, our eyes will be like a dry desert,
    Where no life can grow...
    Tears can be of joy or of pain
    But when they flow
    Its like a cloud is rained down and a clear sky is visible....Loved reading each lines.
    Thanks for sharing with us. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (1/5/2014 5:10:00 AM)

    How proud you should be of these wonderful words Howard. I hope you have this framed in your home with it rating so high. Congrats and get it framed, Thank you. Superb! I have saved it, hope you do not mind. (Report) Reply

  • marvin brato (12/27/2013 2:49:00 PM)

    Tear washes away pain and soothes the aching heart, truly it has the power of consolation! (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (12/25/2013 1:39:00 AM)

    With all the troubles that God often gifts
    He also gives us tears to wash them with
    And after a good cry that can the spirit uplift
    We feel lighter and can perhaps look back in mirth........

    Good poem Sir. What would life be but not dry without those occasional tears..... (Report) Reply

  • Ruby Mostazir (12/22/2013 10:12:00 AM)

    i just wondered! how brilliantly you wrote dat tear is da remedy to realize 4m our pain...

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

  • Roseann Shawiak (12/22/2013 3:42:00 AM)

    Intensely deep emotion felt right through your poem and landing in my soul. Tears of love soothing our pain throughout life in all emotions, saving our sanity and souls from suicide. A beautiful poem, one that I felt one with. Love your poetry, thank you for sharing it. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

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