Big Boys Don’t Cry


What is this?

The small salted bead

Clings to my lash

Somehow being freed


It must be allergies

Or maybe a sty

For this tough old goat

Just does not cry


If untouched is the heart

Harboring nothing to fear

Then what is the need

For shedding a tear?


Pain cannot pull

And neither despair

Tears from a fool

Who learned not to care


Yet there on my face

It leaves tell-tale streak

And sadness is a trace

That runs down my cheek


I am stymied by

The so unexpected

In the tears I cry

The real me reflected


18 Responses to “Big Boys Don’t Cry”
  1. beth says:

    there is no stopping it

  2. Learning not to cry comes from the mind. Tears come from the heart. Good or bad, they expel either pain or joy that our heart can no longer hold. I hated how easily I cried until now, when I’m seldom able to bring it forth.

  3. Tears help to release pain and are tremendously healing, you do not have to repress them, otherwise there will be some underlying physical pain that will make us feel much worse.. 😉

  4. Beautiful Brad. Indeed we are one with our tears. What a splendid metaphor.
    Sending love, wiping your tears..

  5. kristianw84 says:

    Tough? You might be. Old? You are not, yet. Free from caring? Who are you trying to fool, master of heart-string pulling? I’m glad to know there’s a soft side to you. I think crying is an important release, and you’ve once again described feelings, oh so beautifully! ❤

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Brilliant! One of my favourites among so many that you have shared here. A beautiful poem, delightful to read! Very well written my friend!
    All the best and my wishes for a grand week ahead!

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    Ah, this one speaks to me. It’s better to go through life sharing our feelings than trying to pretend that we’re unaffected.

  8. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful poem, Brad. I guess I’m not a big boy…

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