Crying by Galway Kinnell

Crying


Crying only a little bit
is no use. You must cry
until your pillow is soaked!
Then you can get up and laugh
Then you can jump in the shower
and splash-splash-splash!
Then you can throw open your window
and, "Ha ha! ha ha!"
And if people say, "Hey,
what's going on up there?"
"Ha ha!" sing back. "Happiness
was hiding in the last tear!
I wept it! Ha ha!


Galway Kinnell



Included in the book: Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets: 100 Poems to Rip Out and Read

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