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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,761 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (4/11/2015 10:25:00 PM)

    Thanks to Poem Hunter for choosing my poem The Power of a Tear as the poem of the day for April 11th 2015. Thanks also to all members who took the time to comment! (Report) Reply

    3 person liked.
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  • Gold Star - 8,081 Points Kelly Kurt (4/11/2015 7:45:00 PM)

    Well chosen poem of the day. Congratulations, Howard. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,821 Points Kim Barney (4/11/2015 3:58:00 PM)

    Powerful poem, abounding in alliteration and magnificent metaphors.
    Congrats on Poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,781 Points Brian Stafford (4/11/2015 8:56:00 AM)

    congrats on a great poem and getting poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,229 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (4/11/2015 5:16:00 AM)

    quite a nice read...tears do indeed have a terrific effect, physiologically speaking... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 614 Points Arlene Dery (4/11/2015 3:17:00 AM)

    No doubt it deserves poem of the day. Also in top #500. Loved it! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,685 Points Terry Craddock (4/11/2015 3:08:00 AM)

    Seems like insurmountable suffering, was washed away, not with a tear, but with a flood. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,631 Points Amitava Sur (4/7/2015 9:36:00 AM)

    A commanding portraying of tear. When we are in absolute distress, nothing can quench the pain, only the flow of tears will reduce it with no expectation in exchange.... very nice (Report) Reply

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

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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,309 Points Rakhi Jayashankar (2/11/2015 10:09:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 14,027 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 - 1,761 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/14/2014 7:22:00 PM)

    Thanks for you kind words about my poem!

  • Bronze Star - 2,578 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 - 3,898 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 - 9,802 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 - 8,631 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 - 556 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 - 5,784 Points Electric Lady (7/22/2014 10:42:00 PM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 29, 2009

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 11, 2010


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