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Answers In The Search IV – No Escape

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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