Many tears are shed in sadness,
for lost loved ones or bad times.
But the tears I shed are mostly
for the Joy I feel
and pride of family and friends.
My tears are shed
when I see my Flag passing in parade;
when I hear my nation’s Anthem;
when I see Lady Liberty in the harbor;
when I hear a babe’s first cry.
I’m not ashamed to shed tears
when I hear the names called out
of those who give their lives for our freedom;
when I hear the songbird welcoming my morn;
when I see the grandeur of a mountain.
Tears I readily shed
for kindness given one to another;
for wonder in the soulful, loving eyes of my cats,
for delight in seeing an elderly pair walk hand-in-hand;
for the understanding of those who are “different”.
My tears are special to me,
for they are
my heartfelt thanks to my Creator.
© Jackie (Micke) Jinks, Sept. 21, 2006