Why do these tears rise so close to the surface?
Like the countless drops that fill the swollen river
and wait to overflow its banks,
so too do these tears wait to fall.
They are tears of loss
of the past
of the present
of the awareness that-
as the river washes away the earth-
time washes away life.
These tears will spring forth
from the most joyful moments
and flow from the impractical sadness