The Permanence of Tears

The Permanence of Tears

by Kathleen T. Sullivan

Wisdom and poise dismantled
We wander alone and together
Through a doleful landscape
… … We’ve come to know.

These watery sentiments now familiar
Require a truce that simmers
Between our absolute desire
And an unyielding truth.

Silence is our veil of composure.

A glance becomes a gaze
And a mutual recognition
blooms between us:
Joy and hope are transitory forms.

Wondering whether, or at what point
Should we hear your voice ever or again,
How will it be?
And until when?

*Title inspired by Galway Kinnell —


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