dedicated to Matt, the best friend I've ever had

They say you only cry
When fin'lly you feel safe
But you're not here tonight
And so I hesitate

But it's welling up inside of me
The pain too much to bear
Ready to let it flow down my cheeks
But you're not here -- I'm scared

'Cause I was brought up
"Tears make you weak"
So I hold them back
But cannot speak

For surely my voice would crack

I need some form of outlet
To finally release my pain
So I won't hurt anymore
I want to feel okay again

They always said,

"Don't cry,"
"Stop crying,"
"Big girls don't cry,"
"You're better than that."

So I always felt ashamed to cry
I had to be stronger than myself
Crying before you, I said, "sorry"
But you said I was in perfect health

Said it was natural to cry
"Go ahead, let yourself go."
And, at last, I found myself safe
And the tears of pain could flow

Tonight I need to cry again
Yet I find myself alone
Dang it, I want you back with me
Tired of being on my own

Wish you'd eclipse me with your shadow
Tower over me tonight
I wish you'd wrap your arms around me
Thus releasing all my fright

Rememb'ring your protectiopn
Of my heart, my mind, my soul
I find I can cry tonight
Now feeling safe after all

Because of you,
My life is wonderful

Because of you,
My heart can fly

You've broken the chains, set me free

You taught me, it's okay to cry

Submitted: January 10, 2009

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This is such a wonderful poem. Absolutely beautiful. I stumbled across it when I was searching for my own shortly after publishing it; I named mine "Let me cry." without even knowing that another one existed (without the period in the title).

I'm so glad I found yours though...much more deep and moving than mine, I'd say. I'll have to check out some of your other stuff. Loved your style.

And yes, I know absolutely what you mean....It often hurts the worst to be unable to cry when you really need to....

Tue, March 3rd, 2009 2:32am


Thanks so much for the comment. It's always nice to know that A) somebody knows what you mean, and B) they appreciate your work. I'm really glad you liked it. It was inspired by a great lesson taught to me by my best friend.

Sun, March 8th, 2009 11:56am

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