Elena Plotkin


Why is the Ocean so Salty?


Tears will well up in the eyes,
Spill over with a blink of surprise.
Travel down the cheek and neck,
And make their way to the chest
wrap themselves around the heart,
tight enough to make it almost break apart.
then down to the stomach where they tie a great big knot.
then through the intestines quick as a shot,
They fall to the ground with one big plop.
Then burrow down deep into the earth and back on top.
They inspire young things to sprout and grow.
Then meet up with rain drops and turn to snow.
Soon they melt and join others at the rivers or streams,
Then onto the ocean to chase after large ships and lost dreams.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Edited: Monday, May 19, 2014

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  • Bri Edwards (9/18/2013 6:09:00 PM)

    i had to add this one to MyPoemList just in case you delete it some day.....no other reason. ha ha.

    They fall to the ground with one big plop. this line made me laugh. but why not? after all i write about farts and colonoscopies.
    though i am NOT a teardrop, i seem to have the stomach-knotting effect on my dear wife at times. and i think at those times she would like to send ME to the ocean depths. we are only about 10 miles from the pacific ocean, so it wouldn't be much of a trip. thanks for sharing. bri (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (8/26/2013 8:19:00 AM)

    Wow this is really an excellent write. A good explanation on how the
    tears fall and travels. Tears are salty to the taste and cleanses the
    heart, mind, body and soul. I have a poem called Tear Drop stop by
    and take a look. (Report) Reply

  • Litan Dey (8/14/2013 2:01:00 PM)

    Lovely said, Tears will well up in the eyes.I am start to fall by neck, cheek etc.....i enjoy it thanks (Report) Reply

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