Lonely Tear

Written by: Emma Mantle

Glistening symbol of my pain
this lonely tear.  You wet my cheek.
As a smile I try to feign,
unable now of joy to speak.

This lonely tear you wet my cheek
hinting at things not shared.
Unable now of joy to speak;
feeling so lost and scared.

Hinting at things not shared
into the shadows I fear, I've tumbled
feeling so lost and scared.
My pain you make me ache and stumble.

Into the shadows I fear I've tumbled,
and all I see is black.
My pain you make me ache, and stumble
as strength I seem to lack.

And all I see is black.
By this grief I have been swallowed.
As strength I seem to lack,
and by rain forever followed.

By this grief I have been swallowed,
as a smile I try to feign.
And by rain forever followed,
glistening, symbol of my pain.

For Paula Swanson contest 'Pantoum'
3rd place