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Can Our Cries be Answered?

August 19, 2016

[At last there is some hope of a ceasefire in Syria, which is mentioned in this poem from three years ago. The Olympic Games may bring some hope, but they mustn’t distract us from the many problems facing the world; those who would want us to give up hope of finding a better, fairer future must be challenged by people everywhere who are not prepared to ignore children’s tears anywhere.]


I want to make you all cry
It’s good for people to cry
It’s better than sitting round miserably
Pretending to laugh
People don’t cry enough!
I want to make you all cry
For yourselves and all people who
Don’t have to die
For kids who are hungry and put to hard labour
When they should be greedy and pains in the neck
Who know the world is wrong but won’t be heard
Who only hear shouting, destruction
And cries of distress
Only our shared tears can clean up this mess


I want to make you all cry
At the shame of getting by
Unable to cope with life’s complexities
Or even ask why
Love is never enough!
I want to make you all cry
For yourselves and all people who
Don’t have to lie
But must for the sake of our little luxuries
The only way we spread love and happiness
To spite the orders that come from above
“You work your contract or there’s the door!”
That’s the reason why
We live on lie after lie after lie.


I want to make you all cry
For people you just let go
To politics and the geography
You know, the money
Forcing us to depart!
I want to make you all cry
For the people you must pass by
In your own home
On the street, in the shop and on the TV news
Feeling sorry but too powerless to help
All the problems you deal with by yourself
With nobody knowing to help you
Just trying to smile
At the cruel way the world became so vile



I want to make you all cry
To salute what you see die
In Syria, here and inside yourself
For what? The money?
Global economy?
I want to make you all cry
It’s urgent, we must cry today!
It’s not too late
To face up to what we’ve been trying to deny
What we have suffered and what we are losing
Blanking it out with our kind of boozing
Not letting the merciful tears flow
Time to let them go!
To weep and embrace and do what we know.


From → Poet

  1. Beautiful. Sometimes all we can do for the ones suffering is to cry for them. It feels awfully un-enough, but it comes from a place of pain and care and sometimes that’s all we have to give

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  2. cleansing tears
    there’s a time
    for new tomorrows
    salty faces

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  3. Crying is refreshing.

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  4. A powerful poem. We should weep for the poor people in Syria. In the valley of death. There is no safety. I agree we need to find the people who used the chemical. Not destroy a country. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on a important issue.

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  5. So very true,so very beautiful,so very touching!

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  6. Important sentiments conveyed beautifully

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  7. It seems this poem does have the power to move people, and my idea is that if people cry, not alone but together, they might then support each other in facing the harsh realities, and the ultimate reality that at bottom we all do care, want to support each other in the best possible way (despite the differences that make ourselves who we are and so must be accepted, celebrated even) and find the way to do that. I’m famously a chump and politically naive, and this is only a poem, after all, unlikely to change the world, just the best I can offer at this time.


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  9. Simon permalink

    This is excellent John, it really hits home with me, thank you!

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