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Don't Just Cry

by Vol-E

I found this poem in a box of old papers from about 30 years ago. 

Open the floodgates
Pour out an ocean
Cover the world with surplus emotion
Put up a billboard
Take out an ad
The world's got to stop - 
You're feeling sad!
Shame on the smilers, woe to the glad.

So don't just cry. 
Let the world know.
Shiver till the walls quake
Tell us how cold.

You take the prize for the shiniest eyes.
Nobody knows the troubles you seen 
(not  yet, at any rate).

Give it a minute.
Soon we'll all be wallowing in it.
Sympathy ain't good enough
Or a word of consolation.
Rend your garment
Gnash your teeth
Beat your breast
Drown us in grief.

Ask more than your due
Who deserves it more than you?


Sometimes, you just gotta wallow in self pity for a while.

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