Tears – A Poem

Tears of sorrow, anger
drench my soul
course without end
eroding pain, anguish

Where once only aching
occupied my heart
now is a deep empty ravine
carved by a river of tears

Tears of forgiveness
water my soul’s riverbed
allowing flowers of love
to flourish and grow

Peace arises in my heart
held aloft by God’s promises
the fragrance of sweet alyssum
blossoms of my soul

You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
Psalm 56:8 (NIV).

Shared today at dVerse Poets Pub for Open Link Night. Head on over for some more great poetry and join the celebration of the 2-year anniversary of dVerse.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


9 Responses

  1. Yes, it all comes down to that stanza of forgiveness… This is where we bloom and flourish. I wish I’d known that when I was younger. 🙂

  2. Sorrow and anger certainly CAN eat away at a person. I like the concept of the deep ravine carved by the river of tears. I also like the idea of tears of forgiveness…and peace coming once again. You definitely have described well the process many of us have experienced one time or other in our lives.

  3. Tears of forgiveness
    water my soul’s riverbed
    allowing flowers of love
    to flourish and grow…. forgiveness is such a magical key and allows beauty to grow again instead of things rotting away in bitterness… very cool

  4. sometimes it is in those tears where we find our salvation….i like the tears watering the flower which opens up to a greater hope…smiles.well played out metaphor in this…

  5. Linda, this is such a powerful poem .. it brought tears to me, just because I have experienced both these kind of tears and know the beauty of those tears of forgiveness. Thank you so much for writing as He asks you to! God bless you!

  6. This poem illustrates the truth so perfectly and vividly. It is a very moving poem, and I love that you used the fragrance of alyssum to describe the peace that arises in your heart for two reasons. The first being that it is a sweet fragrance that is not overpowering but is definitely alluring to passers by,especially when a gentle breeze stirs them. The second reason is that I have seen the photo of your alyssum, and now I will really smile when I look at it again.

    I like your scripture reference, and another comes to mind (Matthew 5:4). I was also reminded of a song I liked when I was a little girl. Here it is. I hope it blesses you.

    Linda, thank you so much for sharing this incredibly beautiful poem, and also the precious glimpse of what the Lord offers us.


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