Coming to terms with missing tears
Have you cried lately? That's what you're missing.
That's why you're so angry and always tired.
All those snide slights that you are dismissing
are missing the tears that they should inspire.
And it's not just pain that you hold within
the awe of mountains should bring tears to your eyes,
the size of the sea, the sickness of sin,
the death of soldiers and the cross of Christ
all the pains and pleasures, ice, fire and stone
old wounds reopened that sometimes still bleed
kisses of children and lovers now gone,
a stranger's kindness, an intimate's greed
The joys and the hurts, the dreams and the fears
must be baptized in the water of tears.