Dig Your Own Well

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Each winter, I watch William do the hard work of searching for open water (although this winter has been oddly warm), which inspired “Dig Your Own Well.” Keep digging; it’s worth it.

Dig Your Own Well

I dug my own well to get water.
Dug it with my own hands,
clawed the clay bloody with the
strength of my own fingers, the
power of my own will and never
stopped through the pain, though
the pain was mighty. Never stopped
through the sorrow, though the
heartbreak seemed unbearable.
Never stopped through the doubt,
though the work seemed quite
worthless. Never stopped through
the loneliness, though I’ve often
felt alone.

And I found water, and it is good,
sharing it even better. Pointing the
way, so you can find it yourself. I’m
not saying it will come easy, or quickly,
or you’ll feel like digging deeper. I’m
just saying that it’s worth it (quite
possibly the most important work you’ll
ever do). It won’t make you any money,
but it will surely make you rich.

LBM  1/15/2023

Lori McCray is a poet, photographer and devoted swan patron in Marlboro, MA. Contact Lori at mccray.lori569@gmail.com or view her photo website at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wingthing/.

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