After a morning of mourning Steve.

Are there enough tears yet?
How many will it take?
So far, as best we can tell, just for today,
because tomorrow there will be more,
thousands more,
there are 760,213 people who have died.
That’s equivalent to the entire population
of a small country, like Cape Verde
or Iceland,
all gone.

If there was only one person who loved each one
of those 760,213
and each of those people only shed two tears
(one from each eye),
that would already be
1,520,426 tears.
But what are the odds really
that each person was only loved by one
(can you count how many love you?)
and that they each only shed two tears?
Let’s be generous then, and say each of the
760,213 were loved by five others.
It’s apparently impossible to count
the number of tears shed in times of grief
so, I will underestimate and say
that in just one day
those who are grieving can shed 50 tears.
The math isn’t that difficult (with a calculator)
50 tears times 5 mourners times 760,213 loved ones lost.
The result is difficult:
190,053,250 tears.
And I think it’s safe to say that’s a gross understatement.

Are there enough tears yet?
Are 190,053,250 tears enough?
Enough to drown out
the sorrow,
the sound of grief,
the voices of naysayers,
the promises and lies of politicians,
the voices raised with empty thoughts and prayers,
the cries of “You can’t make me,”
the cries of loss and rage and fear.
How many tears to wash the earth clean,
to fill the chasms,
to soothe the grieving,
to erase the borders and divisions,
to heal the families,
to make us drift toward each other,
to create the wave that lifts us
and carries us forward?
Today, I pray that 190,053,250 tears are enough.
Tomorrow, I fear, may raise the count.

* Numbers as of 8/14/20

Lynda Allen is first and foremost a listener. All of her work whether it's writing, art, creating Animal Wisdom Journals or leading meditation begins with deep listening. Lynda listens to her own inner knowing and wisdom, the natural world and the still, small voice of the Divine in the silence. She listens. Then she creates. In all of her creations she strives to inspire others to open their hearts and embrace their journey, both the dark and the light, with gentleness, love and joy. Her new collection of poetry and essays "Grace Reflected" is now available. You can learn more about the many offerings of Lynda’s heart at her website.

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