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The Cost of Tears   poem  
Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Toni Sturtevant (Patron), Lorna (Comtessa) (Inspiration)
Duty is important, and when you let people down, the cost is high.
Posted: 02/23/10      [3 Comments] ~ 133 words.
 

The cost of tears is a terrible thing,
A deeper cut than anyone can say,
A higher price than a butterfly's wing ...
The cost of tears is more than you can pay.

When a woman weeps or a child cries
And you don't respond, you just turn away,
Because of your foolishness and your lies ...
The cost of tears is more than you can pay.

When the Empire calls and you don't care
And you close your ears to the bugle's bray,
Then your buddies die because you weren't there ...
The cost of tears is more than you can pay.

If the fault is yours and it's yours alone
You'll remember until your dying day
You cheated your flesh and betrayed your bone ...
The cost of tears is more than you can pay.

Author's Notes

This poem came from the February 9, 2010 Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from Comtessa. Its moral reflects the importance of duty in Southern culture. This poem is written in a repeating/interlocking form that I designed for the Empire.

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