Dam

To stop the current
raging and strong
he built a dam,
laboring long

into the night
he worked alone
shivering, wet
and piling stones.

Why does he work?
creatures inquired,
to stop the river.
so many desire

to be swept away
by its flow
on their rafts
with their lives in tow.

The river was shallow
and in some parts swift
but now that he’s finished
it will be missed.

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