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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 2000-06-19 05:51 PM

What’s in a tear

A tear is made of tender mist
A raindrop, soft and meek
It gathers in the well of truth
And falls upon the cheek

It is the dew from sorrow’s brow
A drop of life’s dismay
A misstep of the foot of courage
In the light of day

When spirit falters from a wound
Cut with a jagged knife
The pain flows swift in lucid drops
From out the spring of life

And sometimes tears of joy may stream
From eyelid’s laden swell
For happiness and sorrow’s tears
Rise from the selfsame well

Our tears need not be bitter drops
On cheek’s most grievous pose
Sometimes they’re sweet as crystal dew
On petals of a rose

Elizabeth Santos

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 06-19-2000).]

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ellie LeJeune
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since 2000-01-10
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1 posted 2000-06-19 05:58 PM

Liz; How lovely and enchanting, tears of sadness and tears of joy. You are so truly gifted. Ellie
Sudhir Iyer
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2 posted 2000-06-19 06:02 PM

Enchanting it is, Liz, as many times as I read this, I am more amazed ....

regards, sudhir

Kit McCallum
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since 2000-04-30
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3 posted 2000-06-19 06:13 PM

Beautiful sentiments Elizabeth, exceptional flow and rhythm ... wonderful!

Best wishes,

X Angel
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4 posted 2000-06-19 07:01 PM

Ever read a poem and wish you had written it?
This was one of them...WOW, I like!
(as usual!)

Novacaine For The Soul
since 2000-05-26
Posts 122
New Orleans
5 posted 2000-06-19 07:03 PM

dear elizabeth,
     i'd like to second what X Angel has said and applaud you on a magnificently crafted work of literary art...

a sad tomato

you're such a beautiful freak... i wish there were more just like you...

Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
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6 posted 2000-06-19 09:48 PM

ahhhh yes...
what angel x is describing is POET ENVY
and i know it well...
everytime i read one of yours *smile*
perfect Liz,

Jeffrey Carter
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7 posted 2000-06-19 09:53 PM

Perfect description herein

All my love,

I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep

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8 posted 2000-06-19 11:32 PM

Another great poem from a Poet who writes from the heart.
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9 posted 2000-06-20 12:13 PM

I really liked this one glad you put it in here.
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10 posted 2000-06-20 05:29 AM

Dearest Lizzie~
I hope that you will consider submitting
'Same Time - Next Life' for inclusion in the voting for the book.
It is my very favorite of all time of yours.
Love you ~

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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11 posted 2000-06-20 06:09 AM

Ditto the rest's remarks
a poem much enjoyed

Tribute to tears
Salty drops fall slow~
Bursting from a well so deep~
Of joyful sorrow

a senyru for inspired me

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Purgatorial Incarceration
12 posted 2000-06-20 06:21 AM

Ala, this face I've seen in not a while, and it meets me with beautiful tears. "Sigh." Liz, you can always make me do that!  
Not A Poet
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since 1999-11-03
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13 posted 2000-06-20 12:49 PM

Liz, as always, your rhyme and meter are exceptional. I really enjoyed the turn in the last stanza. Tears of sadness and joy, indeed a well crafted sentiment.


Jon Mewett
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14 posted 2000-06-20 01:56 PM


You write with grace and elegance.

I like your work very much.



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15 posted 2000-06-20 02:01 PM

Liz, this is a beautiful poem that must be included in our book!  

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
"The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief" -Shakespea

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Apex (think raleigh) NC
16 posted 2000-06-21 03:31 PM

liz, i always like what you do, and was not disappointed with this  
luv Elyse

Poet deVine
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17 posted 2000-06-21 03:34 PM

We must have a tear in this book!! Beautiful Liz!!!
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Callington, Cornwall, England
18 posted 2000-06-22 07:00 AM

Liz, you've taken something we so often take for granted... it's just a tear, that's what it is, and turned it into a beautiful poem.


"We are the music makers and we are the makers of dreams." - Willy Wonka.

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19 posted 2000-06-22 07:04 AM

Loved it...

Never be a carbon copy of anybody...make your own impressions. - ANON.

brian madden
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20 posted 2000-06-23 02:24 PM

Our tears need not be bitter drops
On cheek’s most grievous pose
Sometimes they’re sweet as crystal dew
On petals of a rose

WOW..the whole poem is beautiful, but that last verse is just..almost..too beautiful. a wonderful poem Liz.

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Listening to every heart
21 posted 2000-06-23 02:34 PM


~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

Elizabeth Santos
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22 posted 2000-06-23 04:18 PM

Thank you all so very much for your wonderful resonses to this poem

Christopher J
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23 posted 2000-06-23 06:31 PM

I enjoyed your poem...unfortunately we all know what tears are like at some time or another...
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24 posted 2000-07-01 06:28 PM

This was great.
Elizabeth Santos
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25 posted 2000-07-01 06:32 PM

Thank you bsquirrel for finding and reading this, and thank you all for the very lovelt responses to this poem
I appreciate your comments

Dark Angel
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26 posted 2000-07-08 06:41 AM

Oh Elizabeth you got me sighing again ..sighhh...Absolutley beautiful hon.  

Yes, I am here, but I am dead, not alive,
my body goes on, my spirit has died
and I though alive, feel dead inside.

"Rose Petal"

Geoffrey Sonnen
since 2000-07-05
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Reading, PA USA
27 posted 2000-07-08 07:40 AM

Absolutely beautiful...and something I've been very well acquainted with recently. Classic and Heart-felt. Thank you for your gift.
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28 posted 2000-07-08 08:37 PM

nice one liz.  really interesting read.  love this one.  good job.

P. J. Kotrch
carpe diem
A soul once touched is a soul once blessed by love

Yu Lan
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since 2000-04-13
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New Zealand
29 posted 2000-07-13 04:24 AM

yeah, now isn't this the perfect poem.. ^^ so lovely a description, of the little drops of emotion which slip down ones cheeks..
you know, I think sudhir's suggestion of you teaching poetry, in reply to one of your other poems, was not a silly idea at all.. there aren't so many people who manage to capture things in just that special way, as you do...


"He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened." Lao-tsu

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30 posted 2000-07-13 06:39 AM

this is a beautiful poem...
i liked it a lot...
very moving too...and so well written...
you have a lot of feeling in it...
great work

If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
Avanti Rao

Elizabeth Santos
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31 posted 2000-07-14 11:36 AM

Dark Angel, Thank you for all the reads

Geoffrey, I hope they will turn into tears of joy

epoet, Thank you

Lynne, Thanks for the comments. It's very easy to capture what you know

Avanti, Thank you.I appreciate your remarks


Heather Miller
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Bryan, Ohio USA
32 posted 2000-07-28 11:32 AM

I was browsing the past 30 days and came across this and loved it. Wamted to put it back to the top  

Without the experiance of love where would we be?We would have no wonderful memories to cherish.With love it brings hurt with hurt brings bittersweet

Elizabeth Santos
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33 posted 2000-07-29 07:11 AM

Thank you Heather for dusting this one off. I'm glad you liked it.

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34 posted 2000-07-29 07:16 AM

So very beautiful sweet Liz
lovely read  

Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe

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Backwaters of Avalon
35 posted 2000-07-29 09:22 AM

Yes, I agree with you, Liz, tears of sorrow and happiness, they can entwine so perfectly like a symphony orchestra. You have a particular taste for roses as well, don't you, liz? ^_^ I voted!

- James
The beauty of nature is displayed,
not through itself,
but through the creatures
dwelling within its bosom.

Vaporous One
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since 2000-07-27
Posts 35

36 posted 2000-07-29 11:31 AM

I know you've already heard this a million times, but I had to put in my two cents. This poem was gorgeous!  And what a difficult subject to describe...but you seemed to do it so effortlessly.  Excellent.  Definitely has my vote.  
Elizabeth Santos
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Posts 9269
37 posted 2000-07-30 09:13 AM

Tracee, Thank you

Yes, I do love roses, as you have noticed. They are in so many of my poems as a symbol of love. Thank you

Vaporous one. Your comments are very kind,
THank you


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38 posted 2000-07-30 09:57 AM

I really enjoyed this one.  It adds an interesting perspective to what tears are and where they come from.  Great job!


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39 posted 2000-07-30 06:41 PM

Simply awed.

Member Patricius
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New Brunswick Canada
40 posted 2000-07-30 10:06 PM

Wonderful Elizabeth.....tears of sorrow, tears of happiness, tears of love, my how emotions affect the reasons why our tears fall from the well of truth as you call it...the truth shall set you free so do these tears that flow in waves of
Elizabeth Santos
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Posts 9269
41 posted 2000-07-31 02:21 AM

Minstrel- Thank you for yoe somments

EW Drake- Thanks

Ethome- Yes there are many reasons for tears, but they have the same origin. Thanks for your generoos comment

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 07-31-2000).]

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