Laurence Overmire


A Quiet Tear - Poem by Laurence Overmire

a tear trickles down the side of a face
haphazardly
not knowing why it was shed

skirting across the cheek
it hangs on the lip for one last precarious moment
watery fingers clinging to beloved flesh

till strength gives way
a precipitate falling to the floor
quietly

without notice or distinction
disappearing into the dark warmth of the wood
no vestige of joy or pain

to mark its passing.


(Previously published in Kookamonga Square, July 2000; The Poet's Porch, Feb.2002)


Comments about A Quiet Tear by Laurence Overmire

  • (7/26/2012 10:46:00 PM)


    Still waters run deep. Terse. Profound. Love it. (Report) Reply

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  • (5/21/2008 9:52:00 AM)


    journey of a quiet tear -truly poignant Laurence. i have nothing more to add. (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2008 9:52:00 AM)


    journey of a quiet tear -truly poignant Laurence. i have nothing more to add. (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2008 10:51:00 AM)


    nicely penned...
    best wishes, mehreen
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 21, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 14, 2010


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