awoken by a golden ray
a fumble to check my phone
a commercial about a charity for starving mothers
a story about a love that lasted a lifetime
a speech about living with pain, living after rape
a poem about the unfairness of death
a mission statement about saving the world one child at a time
a song about the beauty of the blue planet
a love note from an ex
a nuzzle from my cat
a toddler gazing in wonder at the marvel of human flight aboard a 747, a gas powered metallic dragon we ride and take for granted every day
a couple celebrating their anniversary, their first, their fiftieth, their forever
an article reminding you of the lessons you learned from Charlotte and Winnie and Max and Pippi and Peter and Alice
a day lived absorbing
a night spent reflecting
Each day, I cry.
I cry a drop. I cry a cup. I cry a liter.
I cry because I see you. I cry because I hear you. I cry because I feel you.
I cry because of happiness. I cry because of sadness. I cry because of wonder.
I cry for me. I cry for you. I cry for everyone.
I cry because I exist and I cry because you do not.
because everything I am
because everything I have been
because everything I want to be
is forcing its way out
through the windows of my spirit
yearning to soothe my eyes
eyes that have been painfully dried
that have been carefully desiccated
that have been all but destroyed
because they refuse to not see the fires
The fires we burn in our bodies and our machines
The fires that built our civilization and now threaten to consume it
The fires that slowly destroy the world we call home
The fires of our lust, our gluttony, our greed
The fires of our wrath, our envy, our pride
I cry to quench these fires
but I can only cry teardrops
Have you ever seen a single drop quench the flame of even a mere candle?
Please, I will cry, but don’t make me cry alone.