If you stand by the well day by day
and let your bucket slowly down
and each day it rises
with a little less water
you might after time let a black
bird build a nest in your heart.
I mention this problem to a friend
as he stands under a plum tree
eating fruit, letting the juice stain
his shirt, watching a dog sniff grass,
and he sends me back
to the well with a smaller bucket.
Capacity by J. Kyle Kimberlin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.