the purr of a feline

t E A R


How do you write a tear? Can you possibly convey the burning sensation as it wells up at the rim of your eye? Sometimes they dissipate with no flow. Other times one or two spill over the limit and trickle onto your cheek.

Late at night when I lie in the darkness hearing the silence broken only by the even breathing of my husband I have been suddenly overtaken by sobbing and within minutes the surge has past leaving me empty. The next morning when I awake there is a crystallization of dried tears beneath my eyes. They have the feel of grit which I suppose must be salt.

So again I ask, “How do you write a tear?” Is it the moisture in the eye, the flowing onto the cheeks, the wretched sobbing that aches in the chest, or the dried salt?

All I know is every stage is painful and comes from a place as elusive as the purr of a feline.


— i said that




a penny for your thoughts?

April 19, 2018 at 7:05 pm

a well chosen focal point with extremely shallow DoF

April 19, 2018 at 8:56 pm

Superbe macro et goutte au bout de la fueille fantastique

Michael Rawlukreply
April 19, 2018 at 9:20 pm

That is a a gorgeous little piece.

And what you said was said beautifully.

April 19, 2018 at 11:33 pm

If you can describe how Mother Nature cries, like in your image above, perhaps you will get closer to your own tears, Sherri? I do know this: there is beauty in tears, along with the pain/sorrow, which you have shown here in your vision and verb.

Elizabeth Buckalewreply
April 20, 2018 at 12:14 am

Beautiful image, beautiful prose. I’m so sorry you have the need to question such a thing…

April 20, 2018 at 2:45 am

a sudden spring of sobs! i have those all the time, and yes, they sure do hurt… i think you described it very well, and the picture too, is lovely xoxox

Martine Liboutonreply
April 20, 2018 at 3:59 am

C’est une magnifique photo et un texte sublime ! Merci du partage !

April 20, 2018 at 5:09 am

So beautiful …To write a tear it is to speak about the life and about the death of every thing, about the sudden emotion of perfect moment, we do not master and it is so varied…

April 20, 2018 at 8:37 am

Except perhaps tears of joy

April 20, 2018 at 9:05 am

Very thought provoking.

April 20, 2018 at 9:31 am

Really nice , I enjoy your minimalists shots, Phil

April 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

You question reminds me of Tim Hardin and How Can You Hang on to a Dream? I like the way the droplet seems to be hanging on for dear life in this image.

April 20, 2018 at 10:50 am

Poetry in words and image. Both are quite beautiful.

Bill Phillipsreply
April 20, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Hmmm I can’t answer that

April 20, 2018 at 1:05 pm

A wonderful photo.
I do not know an answer.

April 20, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Lovely image and beautiful text.

Ana Lúciareply
April 21, 2018 at 6:04 am

This is really superb. I have never been able to to capture it!

April 21, 2018 at 7:08 am

Tellement beau Sherri, magnifique!!! Bise, que ta journée te soit belle et douce!

April 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm

A beautiful minimal micro, love the deep purple.

April 21, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Sherri a tear:
sadness… joy… love… pride… passion…
there are too many words that wright a tear….peter:)

Otto von Münchowreply
April 21, 2018 at 8:10 pm

It may be hard to write a tear, but you absolute were able to photograph one. A beautiful and poetic photo. I really like the processing which emphasizes the mood.

April 22, 2018 at 12:22 am

Tout est superbe.

April 22, 2018 at 10:13 am

Does not it fall?
What do I look like?
Meanwhile, I take the picture!

marjolein van de fotokraamreply
April 22, 2018 at 12:16 pm

Tears can come from such different origins … from heavy sadness to emotion and heavy joy 🙂

April 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

What a poignant post. And you have already eloquently written a tear, from beginning to end.

B. thomasreply
April 23, 2018 at 10:01 pm

…”elusive as the purr of a feline.” What a lovely phrase.

Elaine Hancockreply
April 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm

A beautiful image that conveys the emotion of a tear. You write so eloquently.

By Mariereply
May 3, 2018 at 11:23 am

Great and delicious capture

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