shocking as they can be
comfort me, as they well up
spilling over eyelid's edge
descending this skin of mine

oblong and shattered
through air to writing paper below
marking a misty trail from birth to destination

Day-to-day scuffmarks
pile up upon us
hinting of greater losses
the turmoil of collisions
awaiting distillation

emotions made plain
pure love, pure loss
pure pain, pure joy
pure letting go

The Significance of Tears
May 22, 2001
Photograph and Poem 2001 Ron Sterling, M.D.
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