I Wish I Had Understood Sooner

UNTIL THE RAINS CAME

No one asked what I was making.
They left me alone to dig,
So I did a little more every day.
Maybe I’d plant a garden,
Or some trees for shade.
They stopped asking if I
Wanted to join their games.
I was too ashamed to say
I didn’t know how to play,
So I pretended that digging
Was what I loved most.
Come join me if you like.
No one asked what I was making,
And I didn’t know myself,
Until the rains came
And filled my moat,
Trapping me here in my castle.
Now I watch you there in the field
Dancing with the others in the rain.

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