The Day I Made A Man Cried

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

For my Grandpa.

The Day I Made a Man Cried


He sat there with his head

Turned to gaze into the dark.

His eyes were frozen, inside him

Something was boiling.


I turned his head and asked:

“Are you ready?” He nodded.


Tears dripped from his eyes

In a torrent,

Evaporated his lifetime’s memories

Into tomorrows.


With smiles he said:

“It was the first time I ever cried.”

I nodded.


“Goodbye. And do well.” I said.


From a distance apart,

“Goodbye. And I will.” He replied.


Doctors came to unplug his tubes,

Nurses came to clean up his body.

While his face still lingering with tears.


Into blue sky,

“You are welcome.” I whispered.


And soon I heard

a newborn baby cred. 

Submitted: April 14, 2019

© Copyright 2020 Derina Penn. All rights reserved.

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Prince EL

Very moving.

Sun, April 14th, 2019 3:44am


Thank you. It was an experience I had in a Christan hospital.

Sun, April 14th, 2019 6:18am


Sharief Hendricks

Ah, another excellent and thought provoking piece Derina

Loved it !

Mon, October 19th, 2020 10:52am

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