Bucket of Tears

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Her tears were suspended

mid air

no more room

in the bucket

to hold them



in the fog of forgotten

dismay etched on each corner

life wrought with agony



“How could he?”

She moaned

more tears poured forth

“speak words of  love

promise forever

depart with my heart”




“I will never

find the spigot

the shutoff

to sorrow


*“How could he?”


“Why would he?’

Photograph: “Bucket of Tears” by L. Moon

Author: moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing and publishing in multiple genres (including education) in E. African for E. Africa. As a writer, it is a thrill to write for children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 13 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - my joy is in meeting you!

34 thoughts on “Bucket of Tears”

  1. I know this place, very well….another sad but beautifully well written poem. Maybe a bucket to dump over his head after its filled and overflowing, lol. =) ~ Relate to this so closely currently….excellent writing! *hugs* ~April


  2. ouch…better get another bucket…your verse is fraught with emotion…a lot of water spills from a braoken heart.

    hey you should really sign up for this new thing called oneshot…oh wait…smiles. you already did. woo hoo!


  3. I like the asterisk flow of tears, but I don’t feel sorry for this one, I want to tell her to snap out of it and move on. Almost makes me a bit angry. Odd?!


    1. thanks for catching on about the drops. Who knows where she is now. Somewhere between here and a rainbow


  4. Your words really spoke to me and those were the exact questions I was asking this time last year. I’m so glad that hole has scarred over. I really felt the sorrow and anguish in this poem. Nicely done!


    1. the heart does that doesn’t it – scar over – sadly but I guess a good thing.

      Love from the Moon!!!


  5. i say, let them spill over.

    if one is to be sad, then they should be sad to overflowing…

    same rule goes for being happy.

    we have to treat all emotions equal.


  6. Moments like this in my life have taught me some powerful lessons. I take a look in my own bucket a lot of times just to remind my self. Beautiful writing with deep emotion!


  7. Tears really are the theme and energy of the day aren’t they? I love the poem. Could actually picture the woman, and isn’t if funny how all too often we tend to go to the ‘why?” did it happen.

    Coming up with answers probably will fill another bucket for her!


  8. Lovely, yet sorrowful piece Leslie, there never is a good reason why…..bkm


  9. Came via Brian’s blog and his One Shot Wednesday post.

    I loved the image of the suspended tears over the over-flowing bucket and I hope she finds that spigot and turns it off. Broken hearts suck.


  10. moonie moonie moonie….a great piece to launch One Shot with…you kept this hidden…some great verse but i suggest you re read this part again…..


    in the fog of forgotten

    dismay etched on each corner

    life wrought with agony”

    Now stand proud because this just took you to another level


  11. Beautiful, Leslie. Sad and so familiar. But no new buckets. Dump this one over his head, and not only will there be more room, she’ll feel better and won’t need it.


  12. So very poignant and sorrowful. This poem is deeply moving. Thank you for sharing it, and thanks for the invite to one shot, I am having a wonderful time writing, blog hopping and reading the amazing talent!


  13. Hey, thanks for letting me know about One Shot Wednesdays. I’m really liking what I’m seeing.

    And you, as always, have delivered yet another beautiful work…And I rather like the use of asterisks here–almost looks like the tears themselves come raining down.


    1. Hello there I am so delighted I found your site, I raelly found you by error, while I was researching on Aol for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a fantastic post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all at the minute but I have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the fantastic work.


  14. Yes, how could he?

    Kinda reminds me of: “a low and deeply knowing accompaniment to the fickleness of the natural order.”


    I liked the “fog of forgotten” too.


  15. I think it is smashing what you 3 have put together!

    I hope the sorrow from this poem has made you stronger, and I bet it did. Broken hearts aren’t much fun, but they can be great teachers!


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