I know why you cry

I know why you cry

In the quiet hollow times when no one is watching
While reading the passage of the lovers’ first kiss

I know why you cry

When the waves crash on rocky shores under an amber sky
When the music touches some forgotten place in your soul

You think it’s for love of another
You think it’s for connection to the world of beings and things
You think it’s for something grander than you

But it’s not

I know why you cry

Feel yourself at the bottom
Of a deep, deep well
Drowning in the tears
Of a lifetime’s sorrow

I know why you cry

Because I cry too
At the bottom of my own deep well

I know why you cry

Because for a moment

I stopped
I listened
I looked

I saw the walls weep
I heard the walls whisper
And the walls said,


Not for the love of another


Not for the connection to life I could not feel


Not for the sense of purpose in some grand design


I know why you cry

Because I cry too

Longing for a love within
Longing for a connection to my own being
Longing for no more than to feel alive

I know why we cry

We cry, not for what is missing in our life
We cry for what we have not put into it

We cry, not for what others have not given us
We cry for what we have not given ourselves


When we give ourselves these
Our well becomes the mountain
Atop which we stand
Transforming our tears

They become gratitude
They become joy
They become love

And I will happily cry these tears everyday

For through them I see love more clearly
Following the trail they blaze, I find connection to all things
Tasting their salty nectar, I learn my purpose:

To love
To be generous
To live with grace, abandon, surrender, kindness, forgiveness

I know why you cry

Will you cry with me?

I Know Why You Cry is the first poem posted to my blog, God Beauty Perfection Love :: Synonyms, where I post under a number of pseudonyms. It appears there in the post I know why you’re crying ~ Orbison & lang know why too.

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