Image from Bluebell Books: Short Story Slam Week 9.


Hera cried.

She stood watching the ship that will take Damian away from her.

Not a square inch of her handkerchief was left dry.

She silently asked herself, “How would one know if the tears that are falling are tears of sadness or tears of happiness?”

Over the years she had grown ugly, wounded, twisted like a wire repeatedly pliered. But she kept her hopes and dreams alive, like a live wire plugged to the power source.

The ship is now drifting farther, farther and farther away as the sun goes down, down, and down. Hera knew a miracle is occurring. Together with the vanishing of the ship and the sun from her sight, the tumult of terror, bitterness, anger, and despair is leaving her as well.

She stood for a minute more before fully knowing if her tears are of sadness or of happiness. She knew the moment her lips smiled involuntarily.

Before turning back to leave, she further soaked her handkerchief.


34 Responses to “Tears”

  1. A wonderful piece! So simple, yet so true… tears of happiness and sadness are often mingled in a single cry—- very profound message 🙂

    • bendedspoon Says:

      “tears of happiness and sadness are often mingled in a single cry” — that’s why we sometimes hesitate to wipe them out. Thank you and blessings to you 🙂

  2. Serena Shay Says:

    What a lovely piece! Nice job

  3. Rosie Says:

    A happy ending, I’m sure she is relieved of her suffering. A new door opens?

  4. This is to me shows the strength that one can have in faith and love, You captured life well, thank you, much appreciated, WS

  5. A.B. Thomas Says:

    Beautifully done – I like the answer she found for herself!

  6. Ann LeFlore Says:

    she sure sounded relived to see the ship sail off. Hopefully she can not find her happiness


  7. thoughtful,
    you made us believe it read and moving.

  8. Chimnese Says:

    Amazing reflection on what’s hurting her and making her tears come. Beautiful.

  9. mish Says:

    A good reflection on the reason for her tears !
    I also think that the tears could have been a sense of relief … a letting go … a burden lifted … 🙂
    Well done !

  10. Rea,

    I am just amazed. You are an incredible writer. My heart went out to her and also identified with her as I read this. I hope you will write what happens next. I’m on the edge of my seat in anticipation! 🙂


  11. souldiaries Says:

    so beautiful, the revelation..i love how you always put a twist that one could not fathom before but is so obvious after you have pointed it out, thanks x x

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I learned that life is full of twist and one got to be pliant enough so as not to break. And so I bow down and look up 🙂

  12. Morning Says:

    sad, you made her so real, smiles.


  13. Interesting. I enjoyed the suspense.


  14. Contemplation throughout …
    very nice,

  15. Very thought provoking I wanted her to be safe and happy

  16. Debbie Says:

    You, sweet spoon, are a gifted and wonderful writer. I love how you do a story, but let us figure it out and take away what we want to from it. love and prayers!

  17. Good take on the post!

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