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Answers in the Search IV
written by: Benjamin R Bray
You don't see it coming:
Not with your eyes flooding,
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.
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?
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
Part 4 of 5 in the Answers in the Search series of poems.
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