Dedicated to Iris, to the Goo Goo Dolls, to Ronan Keating and to a certain Madhu, my tearless companion.
This is for when I tried to cry.
I tried so hard.
Tears wouldn't come.
I fought,
But I lost
Cos you can't fight the tears that ain't comin

"You Can't Fight The Tears That Ain't Coming"

You're on the battlefield
Ready with your weapons-
Tissue paper and cheer up songs.

You know how you feel.
You donno why you feel.
But at least you feel.

Then you scrunch up your face
Into an unpleasant monster.
You clutch the tissue tighter.
You scream a little louder.
But you're still dry.

You curse the one who stole your tears.
You ask for them back.
But you can't fight the tears that ain't coming.
You cry that you can't cry.

The stars don't help by shining.
The dolls don't help by whining.
The books don't help by explaining.
The friends don't help by comforting.

"Your pain is my pain"
Ya right!
You can sympathize with me
But you could never empathize.

I'll hide.
It's easy to hide the tears that ain't coming.
So I twist my lips upside down.
Inside I think
No one can teach me to smile today.
No one can ask me to frown.
I'm a professional!

At least my lips don't betray me.
I rebuke by eyes for disobeying.
They close.
They give up on me.
I drift.
I give up on myself.

The tissues fall out of my hand.
The songs stop.
I don't need them anymore.
I don't need to fight.
I don't need to fight the tears that ain't coming.

I can do without them.
My tears have turned into words.
My face has turned into paper.
My screams have turned into pencils.
My woe has turned into song.
Now I can cry,
I can fight,
Because I can write!

After-thought: A big shout out "Thank You" to Kathy Lokhart who helped me write the ending of this poem...without you this one would be crying. Anyone who doesn't understand this one should read "Give Me Tears" and "I can Cry". You know what? Go ahead, read everything on my page!

Poetry by Parnika
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Written on 2007-01-15 at 07:56

Tags Tears  Sadness  Inspire 

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Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
this is great Parnika. No thanks to me. You are a talented poet. You did this!!