When we are young,
we cry easily
— when we fall
— when we cut ourselves
— when we don’t get
what we want

As we get older,
The Four Seasons taught us
Big Girls Don’t Cry
and definitely not Big Boys
It mattered not that
Johnny Ray had told us to
Let your hair your down
and go on and cry

We knew it wasn’t adult.

We might cry at the death
a relative or a friend
or a tragedy like 9/11
but that was very
We even have
“Tears of Joy”
that we rapidly
wipe away