"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
Khalil Gibran

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Single Tear

Love Letters
Stanley Spencer (1950)

In an age of alternate facts, I can
conveniently declare my undying etc
without fear of misconstruction:
Don’t hold me to it, please.

So long as I make my denial
on Twitter, the whole wide world
(or my handful of followers)
will know you got it all wrong.

When I said, I loved you,
I meant ‘love’ in the generic sense:
a word we give away with a click

or select from a range
of colourful and convenient emojis…
(I have one with a single tear I’ll send your way.)


A bit of fun for The Tuesday Platform and Poets United Midweek Motif, hosted by Susan.


  1. Love this Kerry..oh the times we live in!!!

  2. liars, every one of us. is this what it's come to? i hope not

  3. Nice phrase about giving love away with a click.

  4. Oh! In this digital age of modern romance, this is so relatable. And it hits where it hurts.
    Well thought and well penned. :-)

  5. "undying etc. without fear of misconstruction"..... something to think about. Great write!

  6. Oooooo....this is fabulous and spot on.!
    What a superficial artifice we have concocted for ourselves in cyber emotional communication. Brilliant poem.

  7. Haha! Beautifully satirical, on the positive side of sardonic. Do you remember a William Hurt film called “Broadcast News” in which that single tear played a part? Your poem reminded me of it, though I find your poem superior by far in length and voice. Bravo.

  8. Yeah, smile and giggles, luv this Kerry

    Thanks for dropping in to read mine

    much love...

  9. Ha... yes the world of alternate facts.. for sure love is maybe even less than a like, maybe more like a re-tweet.... and the emoji can tell every shade of emotion (with less conviction)

  10. "Love" is a word. In a teardrop is a feeling.

  11. I really love when the language of the age makes its entry specially in a poem...'alternative facts', 'twitter', 'followers' 'emojis' tell us this time's (& what time it is!!)story indeed and a word like 'Love' proves to be so ageless against this..

  12. Love in the time of twitter and text. Our love can be conveniently character counted into forever or the convenient coldness of delete.

  13. Sadly we live a fairytale state manufactured to calm us while big business destroys the world for short term gain. Oops! You have got me started!

  14. Sigh. Who can survive the oxymoron of modern love?

  15. Hah, well you have my undying etc.!

  16. wry with a dollop of acid, please and thank you~

  17. It has that veiled dig at Trump's lame twitter rants! Clever thoughts Kerry!


  18. Quite true, I'm afraid. Yet, it's also full of the rather frightening power of symbols, today's truncated and seemingly shallow 'social media' where a photo meme or that silly emoji can actually eliminate the need for more.


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