My Nani told me it’s okay to cry

for any reasons amongst these five; 

A tear of joy

for a laughing newborn that catches your eye.

A waterfall of remembrance

for a loved one who has died.

The occasional hail,

strengthening us from the hardest of times.

Mist-soaked cheeks
to shed regret from our minds

Lastly, a torrent of experiences

for that you are the first of their kind.

As we came to a close, Nani was sure to remind us

that our tears can be as nourishing

as each of the 5 rivers we left behind. 

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