Mob Sob

The Prompt: Moved to Tears—Do movies, songs, or other forms of artistic expression easily make you cry? Tell us about a recent tear-jerking experience!

Mob Sob

I know that it is corny—sorta sentimental
and probably some cruel folks might even call me mental,
but something about people gathering together
in protected malls or out there in the weather
to dance or sing or orchestrate, coming one-by-one
has the effect of making me come totally undone.
First a knot forms in my throat. Then I start to sigh.
And then (I must admit to you) flash mobs make me cry!

To that first person dancing or with a violin
there soon comes another, anxious to join in.
Another and another, in singles or a pair
send chills right up my spine to exit through my hair.
They dance and sing, play music and entertain us all.
We stop what we are doing as we are held in thrall.
Babes on daddy’s shoulders or holding grandpa’s hand
cease at once their walking to sit or lean or stand
to watch this little miracle that folks have orchestrated
only for the wonder of it—rare and understated.

No flyers advertise them. They seem to be spontaneous,
though months of planning go into what seems like instantaneous
gathering together to have a spot of fun
creating such a spectacle. Then suddenly, it’s done.
One by one they leave us—go into their own lives
like swarms of busy honey bees retreating to their hives.
I don’t know why they do it, who starts them all or why.
I only know that flash mobs always make me cry!

If you want to see a sterling example of what prompted this poem, please click on this link!

12 thoughts on “Mob Sob

    1. grieflessons Post author

      I write a poem first thing upon awakening and receiving the WordPress Prompt every morning, so it has to be fast. Today I had an appointment at 10 for which I had to be out the door by 9:30, so I just bit the bullet and got it done. The muses reward consistency! Ha. Thanks so much for reading and especially for commenting. I hope to see you here again, timelesslady! Judy


  1. janeydoe57

    Oh gosh they make me cry too! The one you linked to is one I hadn’t seen and it was great, thanks! My very favorite though is the Hallelujah Chorus in the food court from 2010. Makes me shiver and tear up at the passion in their voices.


    1. grieflessons Post author

      I found yours on Google and of course, cried at it, too. I bet a good lot of French fries went cold during that performance. How fun to be a part of that. Thanks for directing me to it. Judy


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