Age-Old Tears

Age-Old Tears

Her tears
May seem to dry
To the unseeing eye
Grieving mother’s souls know only

Is powerless
Holds no sway
Tears dry not with

The Descent from the Cross_Rogier van der Weyden_Prado

This is my response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry challenge #6: Cinquain
Cinquain – a five line poem formatted with:
– a syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2, or
– a word count of 1-2-3-4-1, with the second & third lines as descriptors,
the fourth line an emotion and the fifth line a synonym
or reflection of the first line
I have incorporated both formats into my poem.

Image source: Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain
The Descent from the Cross (Deposition of Christ), by Rogier van der Weyden
I first wrote a poem inspired by this evocative painting six year ago (using the same title).  While understanding the significance associated with it, my immediate impression was the passion behind a mother’s tears.  Returning to it for my first attempt at a cinquain, I find that has not changed.

Ken G.


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