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The Broken Dam

Emptied and clean

By R. J. RaniPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
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The dam is broken now,

weakened from disrepair,

from straining to contain all that rain

and the torrential floods that poured in,

swelling its banks, churning its base.

Its foundations cracked years ago

from the burden of unshed tears.

And when I stand, I bleed out.

I stand anyway, rooted in place;

a witness and a participant.

The deluge starts slow at first...

a drip, drip from fingertips and toes.

But not for long, the floodgates gone,

I become the waterfall,

the rush of heavy drops bursting.

Drenching the world.

Dredging the world.

And when it's all done,

emptied and clean,

there is a valley to fill again.


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R. J. Rani

Hi there, thanks for reading my words! Here, you'll find fiction & poetry inspired by my life, travels, and imagination. If you like something I've written, please say so 🤗I love to hear from you.

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  • SC Wells3 months ago

    Wonderful rhythm and the message is clear and beautiful.

  • Kenny Penn4 months ago

    I was never very good at poetry, so I know I'm probably not the best judge, but I thought this was a beautiful poem

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