When you’re thirsty it’s too late to think about digging a well. Japanese Proverb



Wolof language of Senegal.

“Ten digging, ten filling — lots of dust, no hole.”

Crab Convoy

Softer than light
soldier crabs navigate an early world.
From their drilled trenches they hover;
transparent bodies, miniature helicopters
airing a blue line across mud flats;
portable radio antennas
attuned to the sea’s bandwidth.
A lone soldier divides from the troops,
gathers in her sand rosette,
latches down.
Missiles of bird-song blast overhead;
sounds of the enemy,


Helen Hagemann

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