Held-in Tears: A Poem

Updated on May 22, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Laughing on the outside --- crying on the inside

like colorful harlequins some hide their gloom

sitting in that corner of their life's ringside

with silent defeat and a secret doom.


When they laugh to tears it's a disguised sobbing

and laughter is just there to hide it all from others

so that no one knows their sad heart's throbbing

with no way to tell what's really there that bothers.


They learned to cope like heroes of unseen arena

like gladiators against demons of their own make

moving through the life graciously like a ballerina

not allowing any telling tears for their sanity sake.


Magicians at playing a disappearing act

they make pain invisible on a poker face

interacting always with immaculate tact

with just a tattooed furrow as only trace.


So, what's the deal with those uncried tears

could their soul give birth to a life all new

that first baby's cry so soothing to ears

with a new joy overwhelming and true.


Those held in tears now drying in the sun

and romantic heart embracing the moon

turning life around towards laugh and fun

is never too late, and it's never too soon.

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