A teardrop’s such a little thing,
__and yet its burden varies
depending on the weight of the
__emotions that it carries.

One’s tears of joy are very light,
__yet tears of grief are heavy.
And tears of love forever lost
__can break a strong heart’s levee.

Those tiny drops of water can
__be lighter than a feather,
yet heavy as a boulder when
__emotions join together.

It’s strange how insignificant
__a teardrop may appear,
but sometimes nothing weighs as much
__as that one little tear.



Dave Irby is a retired law enforcement officer and a U.S. Air Force veteran, currently living in Halifax, VA.

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9 Responses

  1. Tonia Kalouria

    David, this is so lovely and like one’s tears of grief — flows so freely.

  2. Sally Cook

    Dave —
    A poem, like a tear, can vary in weight. Your poem is both light and transparent as glass, yet heavy as grnite on the heart. That’s not easy to do, and I congratulate you on the excellence of your fictive artifact.

  3. Russel Winick

    David – I love this poem. Simple, powerful, relatable. Excellent work!

  4. Gail Dowler

    I agree with the others. Looking at your bio, and that third stanza, I’m thinking you must know about the boulders that crush my voice when I try to sing the national anthem or certain hymns.

    I’ll be saving this one to reread. Thank you.

  5. Margaret Coats

    A lovely short poem in ballad meter. As Sally Cook has already said, the light and deft use of the stanza form works very well with the potentially heavy topic, and you show remarkable skill in the combination, and in your title. I especially admire your conclusion, signaling the poem’s end by omitting the feminine rhymes used so well in stanzas 1 to 3.

  6. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    David, this beautifully conceived and admirably crafted poem has touched my heart with its profound message. I love it!


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