Llorona

This is what I’ll tell my children

 

I will say that it is okay to cry

about death, about love

about the simple way a smile

can change you

 

I will not shame them

erase their tears

use the old way of stoicism

they will not  

hide

 

I will whisper the tales of

a crying woman

how she cries for eternity

they will not

but they could cry forever

if they wish to  

 

I will tell my weeping children

Their tears are so powerful

We’ve made monsters out of them

 

-Originally published in Berry Mag