LACHRYMATORY

A 2,000-year-old bottle in a museum
contains tears of a grieving mother

It is 2 inches high
made of blown glass

Preserved tears are first
mentioned in Psalms 56:9

“Put my tears into your flask”
common practice in Roman days—

The more tears, the more
the departed thought to be

Nineteenth century versions had
stoppers that allowed the tears to evaporate

When a vial was dry,
the mourning period was over.

I wonder if anyone thought
of bottling joy?

— Abraham Menashe
© 2017