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Boys don't cry, it's a silly thing to do.
Big girls don't cry either, unless helped by a bottle or two
Don’t you dare begin, suck it in, pucker up
For once you’ve commenced it’ll be doubly hard to stop.
Cry baby has a top ten list of tear-triggers
Though her best held secret is tightly under shutters
Humans versus robots the movies do explore
She asks a thoughtful question, who can love the more?
Tough girl admits, what makes her cry are not her enemies
But simple text messages and random acts of kindness
Another flies to Hongkong, seeking out old ghosts
What she meets there she captures in mysterious cryptic notes.
The strongest cry we want to hear
Is a robust and feisty Apgar ten
But when the kid's a little older
Be sure not to immediately give in.
A DJ doc finds that wedding proposals
are real tearjerkers for no apparent reason
A resident with a melancholic-phlegmatic temperament
Finds herself serenely happy after a good crying session.
In shock at a loved one's passing, he is tearless
So unlike his bawling self in a moment of parental tenderness
Hovering over fact or fiction a dreamer dreams
Is this muse induced or silent benediction?
The balm of literature for grief and coping
With the questions and emotions that come hammering
When in spite of all modern medicine and gadgetry
We lose a beloved or a patient to mortality .
(Many thanks to That One who taught me the hovertext lesson!)