Advent, Day 20: Living Water

Today’s reading: John 4:7, 9-11, 13-15

ask me
for a drink of water

what am I supposed to say?
it’s not the right question
(you shouldn’t ask me, anyway;
an exile,
a woman,
a sinner)
so I don’t know the right answer

ask me
if I wouldn’t rather have
Living Water

what am I supposed to say?
thanks but no thanks?
because I’m happy with the painful drought
of my life? because I
love the whispers and stares
of the gossips,
love the loneliness of this well?

so I give you a drink of water–
and you offer me liquid Life

I only wish my humble gift were
abundant enough to
quench your thirst
when you will need it most

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