Fourth Week of Lent 2016

The Language of Tears

our most primal language
speaks in the salty waters
of our tears--
tears are the medium
of the collective human experience.

under the microscope
tears appear as rivers
making pathways through
the desert.

Life-giving Spirit,
thank you for speaking
with the music of tears--
the waters above
speak to the mystic waters below.

make my heart
a wooden vessel to draw
waters of healing
deep within the well of my soul--
wash my weather-worn skin.

our tears mingle
into the intimacy of prayer.


(poem adapted from an article on "The Microscopic Structures of Dried Human Tears" by Joseph Stromberg, November 19, 2013)

By Lara Stoudt