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  



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