Clear Water

Clear water for the well
must first 
run fast
like you, it
rushes, stumbles over boulders
in the  way
tin cans rusted
weeds and roots
rotting
under broken bridges
failed dams flooded
your obstacles
thickly mud-filled
darkened
In stagnation 
you sink
surprised by the lotus
before the flow downstream
swept clean 
under the sun
clear water 
arrives
stilled
where you’ve stopped
on the bank 
to see.

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