Tears


to say that everyone has a poem in them
is a misunderstanding
of poems and people

some tears are poems
and so are some sweaty underarms
and the slow red trickle of a papercut
can recite as violently as a cumshot

some tears are poems
and so are some streams of piss
and hard won movements of the bowel
dug out with slick fingers and dry resignation

some tears are poems
but some are just
salt and hot water
licking a wound of cheek

but
to say that everyone has a poem in them
is a misunderstanding
of poems and people

it is to say
every child is born
loaded with a single round of laughter

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