At the restaurant on the coast, having survived
three flights of stone steps to sit at the counter
along the rail on the top deck, we are overlooking
the vast blinding brightness of the sea.
I am stunned by the effort it has taken, the lack
of transcendence in the resulting bustle
of ordinary eating and serving. We share
a pulled pork sandwich, a slice of apple pie.
We are mostly silent now. Our effort
to be cheerful has washed us empty and clean.
Finally we stand to go, gather our jackets, bags,
his slender new cane. As he comes along carefully
avoiding the tables, the feet, I stand watching
the water far below jostle and swell in its enormous
bowl, and he joins me, turns back to the view.
Is it mountains? He asks. After a moment
I take his arm. We turn. We walk away.
-- Gail Entrekin
What Are Tears?
Water, salts, enzymes and mucins,
Without tears our eyes would dry.
Tears cleanse our eyes of dust or smoke.
So, why do emotions make us cry?
A dreamer sees a better world,
Tells of dreams and our eyes well.
A teacher reaching so many,
Weeps for those who will not learn.
Lovers locked in fervent passion,
Tears meld in moist warm oneness.
A widower views his young wife,
Tears blur the ravages of age.
A new mother after labor,
Smiles tear drops on her newborn.
A Priest caring for the lonely,
Shedding lonely tears alone.
A father watching his child learn,
Task complete shares tears of pride.
A proud soldier long home from war,
Now forgotten cries to sleep.
Every person knows these feelings,
Emotions that bring on tears.
A mirror sees each one of us,
It weeps dry tears as we watch.
Logic helps us define our world,
Our emotions make it turn,
Tears are emotions' lubricant,
Without tears we’d surely burn.
-- Bob Dougherty