Tears Chart a Course

Tears Chart a Course

Unusual, though meaningful and common

Welling up from a source of emotion that words can’t explain 

The body may quiver and the lungs seize

Sounds of pounding in ears as the heart races

And sputters

Breath hitches in the throat as the face contorts

Eyes wide open, unblinking, staring upward

An attempt at maintaining a neutral expression

A failed attempt to urge the waterfall back to its place


Failure to understand that once released it can’t be stopped

It grew into a life of its own

It moved through the central nervous system

Traveled through the emotional contours of logic

Skirted around words spoken to comfort

The drip from the outer corner of the eye

Builds into a steady leak over the lower eyelid

Before it cascades from the eye’s tear duct

To chart a course downward in accordance with gravity

An Etch-A-Sketch of lines race down the face

Curving around the nose and gathering above the lip

Then, having decided, drops to moisten the wearer’s shirt

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I journeyed from GED to a PhD in Psychology. I decided to focus on my writing once I retired from the clinical field. I write in various genres and have several WIPs for publication once edited. I post articles on this website for intellectual and entertainment purposes.

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