Gail Patricia Caldwell
October 04, 1953 - June 10, 2017

Cry in the shower

I wrote this poem recently in response to a very bad day. I could not stop crying. Inside I felt like I was coming apart at the seams. Abandonment by significant others was/is an issue. At times the solitude and silence is overwhelming.


Cry in the shower


It’s best if you cry

            in the shower,

so no one will hear your tears.


If you only cry in the


you won’t disturb

            your neighbours.


When you cry in the shower

you leave no trace,

no tissue

no feeling.


We want you to cry in the shower,

your tears are your own,

Please……..not on the phone,

we care,

but not much;

            to listen,

            or to hear;

clichés are better

            when everyone believes.


You really should cry

            in the shower;

Your words mean nothing

            that sobbing won’t fill;

No need for discussions

of your own private hell.


But do not scream

            in the shower,

water is hot or cold,

cares not what you’re feeling

or from what

            you’re reeling,

better when you scream on your own.


If you don’t cry

                in the shower;

 make the rest of us

                share in your grief,

 you do so alone

         your home is your place

         We will give you space.


        it’s best if you cry

        in the shower.


Bob Flowers©

Started by Robert Flowers on October 06, 2017
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