This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Answers in the Search
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Answers in the Search IV

No Escape

written by: Benjamin R Bray



You don't see it coming:
The flood.
Not with your eyes flooding,
Tears flowing,
As if they may never stop.

We know these salty drops
By their names:
Pain, sadness, tragedy, happiness, and mystery.
An infinite abstraction
For a single drop made of a mere dozen ingredients:

Water, mucin, lipids, lysozyme,
Lactoferin, lipocalin, immunoglobulins,
Glucose, urea, sodium, and potassium.
Tears should be nothing more than this,
An easily synthesized compound.

And yet

When they pour from our eyes,
They do so in response
To what could never be synthesized.

This is the reality
That closes your eyes
The same reality
That opens them again.

This is the same reality
That is both the darkness
And the light.

So, where's the escape?


Part 4 of 5 in the Answers in the Search series of poems.

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Benjamin R Bray

Benjamin R Bray

I am first and foremost an educator. I live for my students and find the greatest joy in their success. I have been a poet since I was kid, but started taking it more seriously around my junior year in high school.
I mostly write poems about dealing with the emotional spectrum and going through introspective journeys. I also delve into the occasional homage to some of my favorite narratives such as Firefly, Power Rangers, etc.
To sum up: educator, writer, poet, super geek, and so much more 😀
Benjamin R Bray
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