“ A Solitary Tear ” ~ of grief or cheer ~

A solitary tear

Feels incongruous

It appears,


On an gentle face,

Anxious its presence

Be viewed unkind,

Rather than benign…


A solitary tear

Wishing not

To interfere,

With the mien

Of a smile,                                                                                      

Uncertain to stay

The while,

Worrying pleasure

Suffers it be here,

For grief or cheer!

7 thoughts on ““ A Solitary Tear ” ~ of grief or cheer ~

  1. Without sorrow, it is difficult to fully appreciate the soaring heights of joy. Profound and thoughtfully expressed in your poem.

    “Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. It’s so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy.”
    ― Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

    • Thank you for your kind and encouraging critique. I should add that I am duly impressed and very flattered with your using Dickens’ line, of cry for joy, from his famous story of Our Mutual Friend, to emphasize your point on the heart of this poem. Most impressive, and very touching your attention to detail.

      P.S. Yours and Paulette Mahurin’s ever so kind attention and scholarly critiques will have me put on weight (as in a swelled head) with such delicious commentary. But what energy such a diet offers… Thank you again. Jean-Jacques

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