digging for springs / Poem by Aprilia Zank

Poem by Aprilia Zank
digging for springs
I had to dig deeper for springs
this year
the ground dry
rocks and roots
barring my way
bound in buckskin
train tickets
for cancelled journeys
family vows
in creaky drawers
growing to ropes
around my ankles
blinded by dust at dusk
and haze at dawn
weary to carry
all those registers
with fading names
and missing addresses
while stray dogs
snarled in mating games
and the owl dived
and tore its prey
on the velvet moss
of the holy stone
I had to dig deeper
this year
beyond layers of soil
and layers of skin
to catch a glance
of the lily
shimmering on waters
thousand years deep.

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