Galway Kinnell

(1 February 1927 / Providence, Rhode Island)

Crying - Poem by Galway Kinnell

Crying only a little bit
is no use. You must cry
until your pillow is soaked!
Then you can jump in the shower
and splash-splash-splash!
Then you can throw open
your window
and, "Ha, ha! ha ha!"
And if people say, "Hey,
what's going on up there?"
"Ha ha!" sing back, "Happiness
was hiding in the last tear!
I wept it! Ha ha!"


Comments about Crying by Galway Kinnell

  • Simone Inez Harriman (11/2/2015 3:20:00 AM)


    That's really good advice. I believe it is very healing to have a good cry...seems to balance the body. Later, perhaps down the road a bit, one often does have a good laugh over the circumstance. I enjoyed your poem Galway :) (Report) Reply

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