if you weep without knowing why

by me, at the Jersey shore

It is okay to cry
When you have no why
The way the waves of this world
Hit the sand of your soul,
They may dig furrows where, for another, they smooth
Maybe the beach of your being is rocky,
Maybe there’s not a shell to be seen
(No two shores are the same
And the dunes are new every morning)

It is okay if you cry
And no reason comes—or
If you have a reason
But no tears show up
The tides always roll in, and
They always roll out
And at the end of it,
You are still there:
Wet sand, shining


3 responses to “if you weep without knowing why”

  1. I like this a lot 🙂 It reminds me that feelings and emotions are normal and okay, yet they don’t define you. Ahh, there’s so many meanings, though, and reading it again gives me a different one! I love the metaphorical beginning, too. (I also love your last tag, there, haha 🙂 ) Thank you so much for sharing this! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Grace! I think there were a lot of things I was thinking through and wanted to convey so that’s cool that you get different things from it when you reread it. It makes me sound more profound than I really am. XD But yeah, the main point is that emotions are okay and don’t feel like you have to explain why you have them all the time. And haha, I’m glad you noticed the tag. =P


  2. Judith L. Livingstone Avatar
    Judith L. Livingstone

    Dearest Abby,

    This is beautiful. Thank you so much.

    All my love,



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