I Saw You Crying

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I saw you crying

All alone in the corner where you sat

"If I said these tears were not for me I'd be lying

But it is not just for me that I am crying," you said.


This world is filled with heartbreak

Just look into someone's eyes for more than just a second

Way down in that deep reflective pool you'll see the ache

And through it all we're still connected


Empathy is a powerful force

But love is even more profound

Experiencing them together is no easy task and yet they both reinforce

That goodness still reigns here on the devil's battleground


As hard as it is to watch those you love hurt

It's harder for them and you'll ease the burden

Don't ever forget what that treasure is worth

It's the kind that lives on when all else seems uncertain


It's the kind that keeps giving when your life is done

But it only earns more interest when it's freely shared

It's a priceless gift that comes back to you but worthwhile for anyone

It multiplies for generations to come all because you cared


Today while I was crying

I knew these tears were not mine alone that I shed

Because I thought of you and your love as my tears were drying

"Soon we'll both be smiling instead of crying," I said.

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Ericdierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Just right. Crying yet closeness, are tears that bind.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

Profound....touching.....classic Shannon!


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Jodah 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

Wonderful and touching poetry, Shannon.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Eric. Yes, that kind of closeness does bind, doesn't it? It goes beyond basic compassion.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Bill. I didn't know I had a classic style. Not sure how I feel about that. LOL


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Jodah. This was another one my muse insisted I write, but I was half asleep. The first few lines came to me in a fleeting moment of random inspiration and then I had a nagging feeling I needed to write it down so I wrote the fist stanza down and then went back to sleep. LOL. It happens that way so often.


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Jodah 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

We rarely have control of our muse, Shannon, do we? But the result is worth it.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

No, I guess not. But I certainly wish mine would take full control of the novel writing process! It almost seems effortless when I'm doing poetry compared to trying to finish an entire full-length story! The first chapter or so comes easily and bits and pieces to the end, but finishing the in between parts proves to be more challenging for me.


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ChitrangadaSharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

What beautiful expressions--sensitive and touching!

Excellent display of emotions in this well composed poem.

Thanks for sharing!


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

Maybe it's just me thinking, but I sense a togetherness around the world. I truly do think that people care about their neighbors, like never before. We all shed tears when innocent people are killed, whether here or abroad. Beautiful verse Shan...


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you for reading, Chitrangada! I'm glad you liked it.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you for reading, Chitrangada! I'm glad you liked it.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

I think you're right, Ruby. For all the evil, cold shoulders, and hardened hearts in the world, there is still more good. It is especially seen every time there is a tragedy.


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Jackie Lynnley 5 months ago from The Beautiful South

Beautiful message and song.

Shared


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Jackie. I don't really know why I included that song here. It was just in my head. I kept singing the chorus on and off the few days before I wrote it. Just couldn't get it out. I heard it again about the time I was ready to publish so I thought I'd include it here. It sort of fits, no?


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manatita44 5 months ago from london

Exquisite poetry, Shanmarie. Thoughtful, sensitive, empathetic and loving. Higher blessings.


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Larry Rankin 5 months ago from Oklahoma

Beautifully done!


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks to you both, manatita and Larry. I appreciate your kind words.


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AudreyHowitt 5 months ago from California

Beautifully emotive--


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Audrey.


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Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

Oh, Shan,

Seems the tears are flowing much more these days as our hearts are overwhelmed with so much pain in this world. You are a shining star in your poetic expressions. Stirringly beautiful. I'm at a loss for words to really express how this one moved me.

Peace and blessings always


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, beautiful Theresa. Thank you so much. This wasn't necessarily about all of the tragedy in the world, but I'd no sooner replied to Ruby than it seemed I heard about what happened in Turkey. It's terrible. Sometimes I try to avoid the news on purpose. Peace and blessings to you as well, my friend. Big hugs and good thoughts, too. I was thinking of you earlier and then here you found me.


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Shan, I was so touched by the heartbreak in each tear

to write it in feelings for someone you hold dear

And share their heartbreak and their pain

As their teardrops fall like rain

That is our gift from you

Thank you Shan!


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

What a beautiful comment, Shryron! Thank you!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Most emotional poetry. The emotions just shine through.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Rasma! I didn't necessarily set out to write something so emotional to people, but I think it is a compliment if people are moved. It's like a song that can make someone cry, remember another time, or just feel good for a bit.


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Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

Hi Shan,

When I read it, I knew it wasn't about all the pain and horror going on in the world as relates to terror attacks and such, but know that you are one to express your most personal and intimate thoughts about what is going on in your heart, mind and life at the time that touches you in some way, whether happy or sad.

Hugs, peace and much love always


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Theresa,

Sorry I haven't responded sooner. I never got a notification that you left another comment! Talk about strange things happening lately... my un-birthday card and now I just happen to see I have an unapproved comment on my profile page. Maybe I should copy this reply in case it doesn't post for some reason? It seems to happen periodically when I respond from the comment page instead of directly on the hub.

Yes, I often do find myself releasing things in writing. Or sometimes I just draw from current emotions or feelings from the past to write something when an idea strikes me. I can assure you that in this case, although the thoughts and feelings may be my own, the story itself is pure fiction. I have not witnessed anyone crying lately, especially those close to me. However, ti was not long after I wrote it and posted that we were hearing about more terror attacks in the world. Sigh. . .

Hugs and love back at ya!


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AudreyHowitt 3 months ago from California

Just came back to read this wonderful piece


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Audrey!

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