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But Why Must We Have These Tears? (written Nov. 9, 2016 - day after the election)

But Why Must We Have These Tears?
This morning, I’m noticing that “tear” and “tear” are spelled exactly the same.I cried tears (salty liquid secreted from eye glands) in 2008 as I watched the Obama family enter the stage after victory.This morning I cried tears (salty liquid secreted from these same eye glands) as I woke at 4:30 to face the reality that I had tried to smother with my pillow at midnight, ‘oh, just let me have a few hours of sleep’ – defeat.In both momentous occasions, my tears carried emotions tied to possibility – joyful and fearful possibility.
But why must we have these tears?
And then, there is tear (to rip apart by force). Yes, this is what I feel this morning as I hold my stomach tight with crossed arms.But, for months, I have been saying that these are times when the veils are being more than lifted, they are being torn away – from Sandra Bland to Brexit, from Kaepernick to the buffalo at Standing Rock.
But why must we have these tears?
The tearing of the veils, thou…