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insincere tears

photo credit: tolbert

i closed my eyes
and sought the promises spent on yesterday

listening while words flapped on the clothesline
shaking and waving in the midst of the changing winds of time

words were empty and sentences pressed,
like wrinkled pages ironed out,
drying in the westward breeze, warm to the touch

i felt fingers,
perhaps those from god himself touching my tears

as i waited for the sounds of angels voices to heal my broken heart
i wept…
and heard only the weeping harps of cherubs

how can the condition of the human heart be measured
apart from a burrowed field
laced with inhumane suffering

so carelessly we have littered our minds
with the sins of a nation
growing wildly though planted as tiny seeds

needing only the water of our insincere tears

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tolbert (24 Posts)

Born in Virginia and raised in North Carolina, I have Southern roots that were extracted when I lived close enough to Berkeley in the late sixties and early seventies to taste the influences of the pursuit of freedom. As a student at San Jose State University I watched William Kuntsler expound on the values of free speech and he offered more education in an hour, on the lawn by the baseball diamond than most professors gave in a full semester. Married for thirty years, I have two grown daughters and three grandkids,..and two Boston Terriers.


4 Comments

  1. Rebecca Ash

    “listening while words flapped on the clothesline
    shaking and waving in the midst of the changing winds of time”

    Gorgeous and deep on so many levels. Thank you for sharing it!

    • tolbert (Author)

      Thank you Rebecca. I appreciate that you read this and commented. The fact that you selected lines tells me that you ‘got it’…thank you so much.

  2. “So carelessly we have littered our minds with the sins of a nation”
    Such aching words, Tolbert, to which many can relate. You engage us in heartbreak as few others ever have.

  3. tolbert (Author)

    Cher, again and always I express my appreciation to you. Coming from such a talented and prolific writer as you I am honored. Thank you, you friend.

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