Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Why I Cry

I look up at
The deep blue sky
And slowly
Form in my eyes
And I 
Begin to cry

Why do I cry?

I cry because
When I am in pain
When I am hurting
I know how to cry
It's almost...easy
The tears just come

When I am overwhelmed
By...my life
By...my struggles
By...my challenges
By...my difficulties
I know how to cry
Those tears
Spring forth from my eyes

So why?
Is it so hard to cry?
When the month of Av
Comes around
And I should be thinking
Hashem's pain
Hashem's loss
Our pain
Our loss
A house that once was
A nation that once was
The glory that once was
A relationship that once was

Why can't I cry?
Why don't I feel the pain
Why is it
So hard to feel
To make it real
To me?

When I'm having it hard
When someone hurts me
Those tears flow
So freely

When I'm simply taken over
By so many little things
And sometimes
Sometimes bigger things

I can cry

But...Hashem's pain?!
The thought of the kosel
The thought of the shechina in galus
The thought of all that we are missing?
Why doesn't that make me cry?
As simply
As effortlessly
As easily
As my own pain?
As my own life?

I lift my eyes
Up to Your skies
I think about
Close to me
That hurt me
That touch me
That inspire me
To cry

And I realize...
They are all connected.

It may be easier
For me
To shed tears
Over personal losses
Over personal hurts
Over personal frustrations
Over...my personal life

And I see
I understand
That it all comes from
The same place

A place of emotion
A place of longing
Of yearning
And of hoping

So...although I may not
Be able to cry
Shed real tears
Over bigger losses
Bigger pain
Deeper losses
Deeper pain
I know...
That inside
My heart is crying

And Hashem
Who is bochain libos u'chelayos
Who knows
Who sees
And Who understands
The inner workings
The inner chambers
Of my heart

He knows
He sees
And He understands

The inner sigh
The inner cry

Real tears.

I lift up my eyes
Look up at the shimmering blue sky
Without real tears
But I cry inside 
And Hashem
I cry.

May we reach the day of u'macha Hashem dim'ah mei'al kol panim. Amen.


  1. Amen!! Wow DEVOIRY!! That was so inspirational, uplifting, and inspiring! A gorgeous piece of writing straight from your heart!! Thank you so much for sharing!! And so appropriate for the 9 days...

  2. Gosh...wow...I'm crying as I read this. So, so beautiful.

  3. Wow that was so well written, I think we all can relate, every word.

  4. Wow!!!!!that was really really beautiful!!!!

  5. This is amazing! I can't even describe how much this poem has helped me!

  6. amen! may hashem see the inside to wanting to cry, and bring mashiach NOW, IN OUR TIMES!
    devoiry, i usually like to be in sternberg for tishabav..yet unfortunatly it didnt happen this year-gam zu li'tova. but me being here is so different on ti'shabav. i cant feel anything compared to when im in sternberg...so then i come on this blog and this is the first thing i read!lol!

  7. Thank you so much for your comments...each of you. Thank you.


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