“W” Is For Widow’s Tears

Widow’s Tears (Tradescantia virginiana)
Image credit, pixabay.com


Scripture reference;

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6 KJV


Tradescantia virginiana is a herbaceous perennial. Its common names are spiderwort, spider lily, day flower, flower-of-a-day, Job’s tears, snake-grass, trinity, trinity lily, and widow’s tears. It is sometimes called spiderwort, because its angular leaf arrangement resembles a squatting spider. The reason it is sometimes called Job’s tears or widow’s tears is that at the end of the day each flower melts into a fluid jelly, like tears. The ones you get from catalogs grow to be 18-24 inches tall, but according to some articles, the wild ones might get three feet tall. They can take both sun and shade. I have seen them at the edge of woods, and along roadsides.

I once read that according to Strong’s Concordance, the Bible provides 697 references for verses associated with crying (weep, cry, tears). I began a series last year called “The Valley of Baca” at my other blog. “The Valley of Baca” is translated to mean “Vale of Tears”.  Hear is a link to what I have written so far:  https://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/?s=The+Valley+of+Baca


“Widow’s Tears” by Theresa Anne Moore

In a grassy patch near a stream

I saw her kneeling;

Her bleary blue eyes somehow glistening

I beheld her with great esteem

And had this feeling.

I looked away but kept on listening.


This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder


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11 thoughts on ““W” Is For Widow’s Tears

  1. Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    “I once read that according to Strong’s Concordance, the Bible provides 697 references for verses associated with crying (weep, cry, tears)…”

  2. Tarkabarka says:

    I always wonder why flowers get their names. This one, with the tear-drop shape, is very unique! Thank you!

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  3. Debbie says:

    That verse at the beginning had me crying. Thank you for sharing this very special post with us. Your poem was outstanding!
    Love and prayers!

  4. Lovely and poignant, Theresa. I didn’t know this nickname for the plant before. I’ve always liked the blue flowers and recently took some pictures of some at a garden ( I can’t remember if they turned out clear or not).

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

    • Thank you Wendy. I wanted to somehow combine this plant with a sorrowful woman who somehow, in spite of her sorrow, was not destroyed by it…that she still had hope. “Her bleary blue eyes somehow glistening”. 🙂

      I hope the pictures turned out good.


      “7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

      8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

      9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

      10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

      11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-11

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