Feeling and Releasing Emotions
by Mr. Terry A. Shuman
(Medina, Ohio, U.S.A.)
For anyone who may shed more tears than they think is healthy.
An infant soul emerges; so vulnerable and blind,
God’s most recent evidence that He still loves mankind.
His piercing cry then slices through the quiet room. Relieved,
A new Madonna weeps with him; tears joyously conceived.
A tearful introduction to a lifetime tale untold.
Subliminally distorted; yet, much clearer when he’s old.
As he matures, he’ll shed his tears along bimodal lines,
With levels of testosterone earmarked as “causal” signs.
In childhood, crying’s simplified; categorically, finite:
Disappointment, fear, and pain elicit tears forthright.
But as he grows into his teens, he’s taught that crying’s weak;
That only kids and women cry, defining them as “meek.”
Controlling tears becomes a war that each young man must win
As he assumes his gender role of what has always been.
So forty years may pass before a lifetime tragedy
Occurs with ample magnitude to bring him to his knees.
And with this human act there comes acceptance that his tears
Provided spirit cleansing that was missing all those years.
From this eventful moment on, his tears will fall like rain
That seeks revenge for negligence and being bound in chains.
An old man now, there seems to be a never ending list
Of those conditioned stimuli that cause his eyes to mist:
The simple introduction of a flashing word or face
Can cause his tear ducts to respond like they were doused with Mace.
“Mother,” “father,” “family,” “brother,” “sister,” “daughter,” “son,”
Weddings, birthdays, New Year’s Eve, illness striking, battles won.
Courage, brav’ry, waving flags, loss of life in any form,
Ohio’s seasons’ majesty, hearth side fires that keep you warm.
Babies, rainbows, Christmas day, the feeling that we get
Each time we’re told that we are loved, (yes, even by a pet)!
How fragile are the ties that bind our feelings with our years.
How glorious, our marble stone, when sculpted by our tears. The Release – self acceptance and inner peace
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