Selfish

A thousand rocks

Littered your bed

Water could not sweep them away.

Sticks and leaves blocked

Your flow

Water could not move them away.

From rock to rock

Debris moved

Refusing to whirl away.

A thousand miles of

Brushwood filled your bed

Water could not sweep them away.

Your seams split

With the floods

Roads washed away.

If only a hundred pairs of hands

Had aided your way.

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  1. Beautiful Jaya! It’s everyone’s responsibility to help keep things flowing smoothly to avoid disaster.

    I don’t know if you meant it this way but it made me think of all the things that are going on in the US right now. Maybe that’s just what’s top of my mind. 🤷 Either way, it’s beautiful. Thank you!

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  2. Jaya,

    This poem is amazing. The imagery and words you selected were perfect. I can close my eyes and envision exactly what you are describing.

    It’s nice to also read in your bio that you are from VA. From one Virginian to another. ❤

    xo Erica

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  3. Oooh I love the analogy of being selfish where even the waters can’t sweep the easiest things away. This is because the selfish person is keeping it all for themselves. It is hard to get help when you are known to be selfish. You need to give to receive – as things in life should be!!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. It is very good of you to admit to a little confusion, but thank you for sharing what you did feel!
      I was trying to convey that a flood happens if no one clears the creek.

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