Sentinel Poetry (Online) #39
The International Journal of Poetry & Graphics
February 2006. ISSN 1479-425X. Editor: Amatoritsero Ede
Will You Share My Tears?
Sorrow came down my chimney
Packaged in a gift box, that was
Ribboned with a red sash
Dripping still with blood
You might not hear me cry
For laughter drowns my voice
You might not see the tears fall
For the heat of the mirth in this season
Dries them off my cheeks
Before they fall to earth
Where bells chimed for others
They tolled for me
So, I cannot send you flowers
Or share a sumptuous meal
But dear friend, tell me this:
Will you share with me, my tears?
Malcolm Fabiyi won the Sentinel Poetry Bar Challenge for December 2005 on the theme of “Grieving in the season of goodwill”. The December Challenge was dedicated to Akiko Taylor, a Sentinel Poet and two-time winner of the Sentinel Poetry Bar writing challenge.