Poetry: Life Hurts
Okay, let's face it--life sometimes stinks. Pain, frustrations, stress, disappointment, discouragement, betrayal, emptiness, loneliness, sadness--they do not discriminate. Some come with doing life--they're inevitable, quite like paying taxes. Others chase after us, even as we try our hardest to run away. Perhaps, that's the one thing that makes us human--the commonality of suffering. This hub is not an attempt to make the pain go away. But it tries to allay, even if for a brief moment, the sting of pain with a little bit of poetry and a little bit of inspirational quotes. And sometimes, a little is all it takes.
Pain seeps through
Even to the strongest of hearts
And find the weakest spot.
It carries daggers
of pointed teeth
to poke, rake and bleed.
It slices through
revealing sinews of sorrow
the raw of disappointment, failure and shame.
It doesn't stop
until it has unleashed one drop
and then a flood.
Then it stands aside
a snide smile
to sneer and cheer.
Cry Me a River
The silent tear
The empty space
The hollow I hear
even in the midst of din
like a moth at work
one tiny bite after another
the resistance I willed
each deliberate gulp.
The hollow grows
any semblance of dignity
and course down cheeks
even rivers of pain cannot
fill the hollow inside.
or mute the deafening pain.
Does pain seem callous? Indifferent to your suffering? I feel that way, sometimes. But nature has provided a way to make it bearable--tears. Cry a little , cry a lot--the ability to cry is a good indication that you will muddle your way through the flood, storm, raging oceans or fire of trials. Or hail or snow blizzards or whatever pet name you give your pain.
So allow yourself to cry, if you have to. There's no shame in that and in so doing, you may just have found the release your soul needs. Even if you have to cry in your closet.
Know Your Tears: Are there health benefits to tears?
You bet, according to tear experts. Whether they are tears of joy or sadness, tears are essential to the emotional and physiological health of your body. How do I know? I don't but experts do. Here's the lowdown:
There are 3 categories of tears:
- Reflex tears: Tears triggered by pollutants or irritants. The body protects us by crying, washing out the noxious particles.
- Continuous tears: Tears produced to keep our eyes lubricated and such tears contain "lysozyme," a chemical crucial to fighting bacteria, thus protecting our eyes from infection. In addition, the tears keep the nose moist and bacteria free.
- Emotional Tears (the kind most implicated in this hub): Tears produced when we're sad or stressed. Happily, such tears contain stress hormones (and other toxins that the body produces during "painful" situations) and they get flushed out of our body by the very act of crying. Some studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, the body's feel-good hormones and natural pain-killer. Experts also note that after crying, heart rate and breathing decrease, inducing a natural emotional and biological calm.
There, feel better?
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