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I've fooled the world! I've conned the history books!  
They honor me as patient, tough and cheerful,  
But all along my heart's been melancholy,
Forlorn, discouraged, glum, depressed and fearful.

I carry on, oasis to oasis,
One drink does wonders when my mood is black,
I look content-- so they load tons upon me
Till one more straw would break my aching back.

They shout: I smile, and do what they require,
I hide my sadness, down the road I plod,
Through desert heat and sandstorms wild and stinging,
Hoping all roads will lead to you, my God.

I can get by without a drink of water,
I can survive what burning heat there be,
But, O Leaping Sea of Hope For All the Hopeless,
How I do thirst for just one drink from thee.

from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary



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