Bringing on the Tears

Tattered balls and a cap gun, baby shoes and fishing line

Baseball cards, a pair of skates, and a children’s nursery rhyme

Locked up in a chest, going on three years

You opened it today and it’s bringing on the tears

 

Bringing on the tears to cry… that you cried once before

Bringing on the tears you said… you would never cry no more

Bringing on the tears to cry… the pain it shows again

It’s okay, I understand, how much you miss them

 

Lone Ranger’s mask, a little comb, pants with holes in the knees

Raggedy Ann, stuffed dog named Sam, a photo where they’re saying “cheese”

They bring back all the memories of the better years

And as you remember… they bring back all the tears

 

Even though it was long ago it feels like yesterday

It’s still too hard to understand why God took them away

They are gone because a man had one too many beers

They caught him, but it don’t help… still bringing on the tears

 

Bringing on the tears to cry… that you cried once before

Bringing on the tears you said… you would never cry no more

Bringing on the tears to cry… the pain it shows again

It’s okay, I understand, how much you miss them

 

 

© JW Thomas

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9 thoughts on “Bringing on the Tears

    • jwtatfbc March 7, 2016 / 3:38 am

      Thank you. I’m glad you liked it, Cathy. It means a lot coming from you.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark March 7, 2016 / 3:43 am

        Fortunately, I haven’t had to experience that, and hope I never do. When my oldest nephew died in his late thirties from brain cancer, it almost destroyed my oldest sister-in-law.

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      • jwtatfbc March 7, 2016 / 3:47 am

        I got the inspiration from a friend’s family tragedy. The same childhood friend that I got the squirrel story from that I told you awhile back.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark March 7, 2016 / 3:50 am

        You know, it seems as if pain is a driving force behind most good writing, whether it be prose, poetry or songs. I’ve often wondered why this is.

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      • jwtatfbc March 7, 2016 / 3:54 am

        Any strong emotion is worthy of attention. And pain just happens to be something that most people can relate to, at least in some way. And pain often creates long-lasting memories that can be recalled in an instant.

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