A Single Tear

This is a poem I wrote last year during the campaign ‘Be A Friend.’

It’s to highlight the loneliness in elderly people who have so much to talk about, given the chance. It’s something that I find very upsetting and was moved to write about it.

A Single Tear

Each day you see me sitting here,
As you hurriedly pass me by,
You don’t see me shed a single tear,
If you did I’d tell you why.

The tear is for when my father died,
Leaving no one to bring home the bread,
So I left school while my mother cried,
And worked hard to keep my family fed.

The tear is for when I gave my heart,
To the prettiest girl in town,
We vowed that we would never part,
As she shone in her white wedding gown.

The tear is for my fallen buddies,
All lost on the beach that day,
We fought so you could wear your hoodies,
And always have your say.

The tear is for the horrors I saw,
And wish I could unsee,
For the innocents killed in that terrible war,
In order for you to be free.

The tear is for my first born,
A child such a special gift,
Who I held in my arms that fine spring morn,
A child I’ve now outlived.

The tear is for my beautiful wife,
Lost long before she died,
She forgot who I was, the love of my life,
Though I know she still loved me inside.

The tear is for when nobody calls,
My company just the tv,
For my lovely home sold to fund these four walls,
Where nobody really sees me.

So if I shed a single tear,
As you hurriedly pass me by,
I’ve so much to say, I’ve lived many a year,
Just ask me… and I’ll tell you why.

(copyright Cate Hayes Sept 2015)

About the author

Catehayes
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I'm a mother of four fantastic children (three grown up now) I took up writing again as I became disabled after a paralysing illness and needed a focus. I like to draw and paint to keep my hands busy and moving, and writing keeps my brain cells stretched, keeping the old cogs working. Of course it also keeps me out of mischief. Much love Cate

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valbi27
2nd May 2016
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Beautiful sentiments, wonderful you have found other outlets in your life. I have a lovely disabled friend who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis which severely effects her mobility yet like you she has such a positive outlook on life and uses the Internet so much to meet new people and try different things, thank you
Stockley
2nd May 2016
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What a beautiful written poem. I absolutely loved it.
Oh what a pity you are housebound as a tour around schools might make a difference to the young.
I can sit here in my chair watching over a play area. During the day it's filled with happy laughter ( sometimes screaming) after school the atmosphere changes & young thugs arrive trying to break the equipment & sometimes breaking the fence!!
First Deb
2nd May 2016
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So moving and true of a lot of people ,who have lived a full life,the last stage of life can be a lonely one ,Senior people become invisible sometimes and that is so wrong ,we have so much to offer.
littlemo21
2nd May 2016
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Since I have got old and housebound I feel like I am invisible my family come round once a week to do their duty but if I talk about the old days they pretend to yawn. The younger generation have no idea what it is like to be old. I know there are people worst off than me but it doesn't stop me feeling lonely.
AmandaP1
1st May 2016
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Beautiful poem & very sad. We will (hopefully) all grow old. Try & spare a little time for the elderly. They're people too & can be really interesting to talk to.
Cab
1st May 2016
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It's so important to try to understand loneliness.
When we're younger and have friends and family nearby it's not always important, but as we grow older it's something to consider and possibly plan ahead, not always easy to do at all.
Equally, when we're out and about we should offer a smile when we pass in the street or meet somewhere.
Not everyone feels comfortable instigating a conversation, but please try, it really is easy and could change someone's day.
The poem says everything and is so true for many of the older generation.
Kes
1st May 2016
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So sad, so thought provoking and so beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your work.
lyonannie
30th Apr 2016
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I really enjoyed your writing its so good to express yourself with words. I have done some short stories myself and had one published in a small book thank you for yor work
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A beautifully written, poignant poem Cate .. thank you for sharing. I will post it on our Facebook page tomorrow, so all can see .. keep an eye out for comments and praise from our community 🙂 Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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