Big Boys Do Cry

Big Boys Do Cry

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(my reflections age 8) (archives)

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Jokes were fluent
from his tongue,
out they'd tumble
one by one,
they didn't fall
they didn't break
but yes at times
they made you ache
with laughter as they
filled the room,
our clown could slay
a mood of gloom.     

But once I saw him
quite alone,
his hand fixed to
the telephone.
I peeped behind 
the kitchen door
to see him slumped
across the floor.
I saw the tears roll
down his cheeks
and as they fell my
legs grew weak.

I felt that sorrow
as it filled
my frightened eyes
soon brimmed and spilled,
that day I saw a grown
man cry, I felt inside
I'd surely die.




© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


Author's Note

Christine Anne Shaw
I am having problems with my poem posting. This is supposed to be in three stanzas, but it might come out as one long scarf, which is not what I intended :))

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You said reflections, age 8. Does that mean you looked back on this event that happened, or that you wrote this at age 8? Since the poem flows so excellently, I suppose you wrote it later on. But please do clear that up, I might be silly to be confused, but I may not be the only one.

Now, for the poem.

Sometimes simple words are the most complex and powerful. You nailed this one in terms of flow, and the meaning behind the poem.

It is melancholy, but the message is necessary. As a young man, I cry occasionally. Everyone is weak enough to cry at some point in their life. It is a sign of strength to overcome sadness by experiencing it, rather than turning away.

Thank you for sharing.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Many thanks for your thorough review. I never wrote a poem until I was 40. This is a memory, my refl.. read more



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I find this really touching actually. I don't have much to say expect I had a smile on my face when I was done. I felt that. I understood that.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

You know, I smiled too that you left a comment. Always pleased that a reader checks in and I thank y.. read more
Even the most cheerful of hearts cannot escape life's sorrow. This epiphany experienced at such a young age would have been difficult to understand for some time. The child whose psyche received this "blow" was changed in ways that would impact many others when at aged 40 she wrote her first poem!

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To feel pain is to be human, the rawness of emotions make us the people we are. It is so hard to watch those we love be in pain. But it is a part of life and the best thing you can do is be their shoulder to cry on. Great write as always!!!

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much. Wisdom in your words.

Chris
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Wow! Short yet sharp. And grown men do cry. I do!

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Crying is not a weakness in my opinion. It is an expression of sadness. Many thanks for your visit v.. read more
This somehow reminded me of the late Robin Williams.
They say those who joke the most are the saddest souls...and yes, I know first hand that big boys do cry

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

How lovely to mention Robin Williams. What an incredible human being he was. So sadly missed. Let th.. read more
Beautiful writing, very visual.

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much for reviewing. Much appreciated.

Chris
nice to see a taste of the macabre from you


I hadnt come across any horror until now I don't think


even this hint of it serves this write refreshingly well

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Many thanks LitStar for your revew. All good wishes.

Chris
they are three stanzas - three good ones at that. The third has a bit of a weird line break at the end, but other than that this is great. It doesn't do quite that much justice to the title as the title itself sets up, but it's good nonetheless. Well done.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you for your review emipoemi. pleased you checked in. All good wishes.

Chris
emipoemi

1 Month Ago

my pleasure
Hmm, most class clowns I know are secretly sensitive; using humor as a shield. It breaks my heart because two of my friends are that way; including myself. I haven't been on in so long, but it's nice to read something so relatable like this.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Sarah, it is good to see you back. Thank you for being able to relate to these lines.

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Sarah_Allen

1 Month Ago

Thank you, and your poem was very emotionally attaching
Seeing a grown man cry and especially when one who you've felt strong enough to control the tears...and from the point of view of a child, certainly heart touching. This reminds me of the time when I first saw my father cry, even though I wasn't a little kid, but still unnerving, even to recall now. The masks society makes men wear does slip at times, and stays with those who witness the face behind the mask...
You always cover sensitive topics which I rarely find written on in here, Christine. Nicely penned.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Dr Y. I think it is often unnerving when we see our parents cry, but it shouldn't be. All .. read more

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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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