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This small hand dug water well is the only source of water for a small village located on the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal. Photograph taken in support of Joint Task Force (JTF) Liberia.

I have lost my map to the well of deep
thoughts. I’m caught up in shallows and crosshairs
reacting to bobbers in barrels where
one wrong emotion or word indiscreet
upsets the precarious balance. Nowhere
in views or remarks of the day can I
track what in dreams leads me straight through the eye
of the storm to the seed. Forget despair
and the voices that choke, outraged by lies
in their fervent belief that keen focus
on desperate acts will stir magnanimous
change. Cast out, flocks of native kindness fly
in search of fields where levity holds camp.
Here, wells of hope replenish through the damp.


Image of Senegal village well is from Wikimedia Commons.

© Elaine Stirling, 2016