Neruda's voice, his passion 
from the other side of death
brings tears to my eyes.
No one sees;
the grief of the heart
is carried away
by the lacrimal duct.
A tiny dot sits on the lid;
in the corner of the eye
the punctum, the mouth of the duct,
whose sole purpose
is to carry away tears.
It can manage only one tear.
Should Neruda speak another line
the second tear
will spill over.
The anatomy book
does not mention Neruda.
The punctum evolved
long before
the Fascists shelled Madrid. 

—Kirsten Emmott


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