Sunday, September 25, 2011

Why Women Cry In Church

Today hubby and I had to talk in church. I'm a crier (never used to be!) so I picked the topic "Why Women Cry In Church". I wanted to throw in my voice - which means I had to make people laugh. And I'm happy to say, I accomplished my goal. The added bonus was that I did NOT cry! Of course, I had an experience I wanted to share, but because I'd talked long enough as it was, I didn't share that experience...which would have made me cry.

Anyway, for this talk, I wrote a poem - hoping to start out my talk making the congregation chuckle. It worked. So...I'm sharing my poem with you now.

Ode To The Crying Woman - by Marie Higgins

There she sits on the bench half asleep
Earnestly struggling, praying to keep awake.

Oh, why does she struggle so
Fighting and nodding off, yet not so much that her neck would break.

Suddenly a speaker’s topic sparks her interest
She straightens, focuses, and becomes in tune with his part

Nothing to disturb her
She understands, relates,and soon feels the tug on her heart.

Oh no! Not again.
She won’t, can’t, refuses to let this feeling transpire

It’s just like all the other times
Tight throat, stinging eyes, can’t really explain – it’s like singing to the choir.

All it takes to start crying is
One word, one phrase, and she’s quickly searching for a tissue.

Beside her, she receives a look from her husband
Questioning, rolling of eyes, and she doesn’t want to explain the issue.

Is she really the only one
Sniffling, blubbering, a nose so red, and liquid in her eyes

She must stop this inanity
Blame it on allergies, make up, or something she should despise

Why do women always have these feelings
Overflowing emotions, sadness – yet happy, simple things to make them weep

Why can’t men act this way
Just once, okay, maybe twice, or are they not affected because they’re asleep?

Unfortunately, this is not an allergy
Not make up, and nothing to fear, this tender, womanly feeling comes from above

But the truth of the matter is simple
Believable, hard to deny, the feeling in her heart is Love.

Yeah, you can tell I'm not a poet, but worked. (grins)


Diane said...

Works for me! It's so true. (And just once, I'd love to catch my husby crying in church!)

Marie Higgins said...

I know what you mean, Diane. My hubby's talk what short, but there were a few times I thought he was going to choke up and cry. I was waiting for him to cry just so he could turn and tell me "See, men DO cry in church!" But no, that didn't happen. lol

Ginger Simpson said...

Nicely expressed. I used to cry at the drop of a hat, but once your hormones dry up, so do the tears. Now they only come when I really, really need them.

Marie Higgins said...

Then my hormones must be on overflow! No drying up here. lol Thanks for the warning, Ginger. It gives me something to look forward to. :)


Anna del C. Dye said...

I love it. Great idea and I bet they were all awake. :)
Anna del C.
Author of "The Silent Warrior Trilogy"

Marie Higgins said...

Thanks, Anna! And YES! They were all awake. :)


Jewel's Gems said...

Marie, that was awesome!!!
You are definitely the Sunday Poet Queen:-)

Marie Higgins said...

Jewel, you're too funny!!


Jenny said...

Even before chemo, I was a blubbering fool. Now I'm hopeless! The primary program was last week, and I wailed through the whole thing. It's like being pregnant all over again with those stupid hormones.
Your poem was right on the money. I love it!