Lacrimarium

By David Barber David Barber
Were there a tear
To spare, where better
To be sure the gesture
Would linger than here
In its own little bottle
Blown from a hot bubble
To mirror a tear.

And were there more
Than one could bear,
So much the better
In the hereafter for
The begetter, a little
Vessel to stopper
Sorrow beyond measure.

And were there a tear
Too few, far better to hire
A weeper, for where
But in a tearful little
Jigger does it figure
No one need settle for
Less than a fair share.

Source: Poetry (March 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

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 David  Barber

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David Barber’s most recent collection is Wonder Cabinet (Northwestern University Press, 2006). He is poetry editor of the Atlantic.

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Sorrow & Grieving

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