Inside a Teardrop …

Inside a Teardrop

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee


This is the Why? of my tears.  This is the last photo taken of Tommy

only a short time before he died that day on May 29, 2010 … at Myrtle Beach, SC.

Photo owned by me … Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@GeeGranny



Tears rolled down my cheeks

Thinking about my Son again

I don’t cry aloud … only in silence

A lone teardrop fell on my hand

I looked at it through glistening eyelashes

I wondered … what’s in a tear?

I touched the teardrop with my finger

It divided itself on my skin

I looked closer

One tear made two teardrops

I wanted to see what was in a teardrop

Does it show my paingrief, sadness?

I pressed one of the teardrops

Making it … divide itself into two more teardrops

I looked closer

No, I couldn’t see anything in the teardrops

Only the pure, clear drop of … water

I could taste the saltiness of one tear

I just couldn’t see anything in the teardrop

To define … why? … it fell

No one can look at a teardrop to see why? someone cried it

I know, I tried … I couldn’t see the pain, grief, sadness

That made the teardrop fall … something powerful there

Something I couldn’t see … only feel

Emotions of grief, sadness … pain … made the tears form

But how?  Looking inside the teardrop

I could not see … I press the teardrop flat

It made my skin wet … I still couldn’t see

Anything to show me why? the teardrop fell

I wiped it off my skin … nothing left

Looking inside my teardrop I couldn’t see a thing

Dividing it with my finger I still couldn’t see

Drying it away … there was nothing left

What made the teardrop fall

Was it the feelings inside my Heart

So heavy, full … spilling over like a dam?

Spilling over in the shape of tears

Typed by my fingers into words

This is my finding of what’s inside a teardrop

A teardrop is invisible pain

Invisible happiness … you can’t tell

Until you look at the expression on one’s face

If you see pain in the eyes …

Happiness glowing from a smile

You instantly know why? the teardrop formed

Sometimes, you still can’t tell

In my eyes … you might see pain turn into a smile

To make you feel better … not sad

Think about that next time you see a teardrop fall

Divide it and see if you can see why? it formed

Like me, you’ll know emotions cause teardrops to form

Because you can’t see anything at all in the tear

Touch it … you still can’t tell

Feel in your Heart … you’ll know why it fell

Note by this Author:  Photos/poem owned … written by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.

I cried a few teardrops this morning … I became curious to see if I could see my pain, grief in one … I tried to describe it.  Gloria

4 thoughts on “Inside a Teardrop …

  1. We all shed tears hun: I shed many over my life from abuse, suffering and misery at my father’s hands.

    I tasted one once and it tasted of salt.

    A reminder that, though we left the oceans for land, we still carry a part of it within us. 🙂

    Love and hugs my friend!


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