Saturday, August 07, 2010

Water


Water, one cup
sluiced around the roots of a drying plant
or down a thirsty throat.

Water, one river
melt-fed from snows that will be gone
by the end of the century.

Water, one delta
diked and drained and filled to feed
the appetites of cities.

Water, one ocean
slicked with giant gyres of garbage
threaded with black oil and red tides.

Water, one planet
miraculous blue jewel set in the black
vast and waterless sky.

Water, one drop.

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21 comments:

Naquillity said...

incredible. you captured every facet of water while showing its importance. well done. have a great night.

Patience said...

Salam aleikum. this is a beautiful poem, really wonderful images of water. i enjoyed reading this.

Helen said...

Water ... Earth's lifeblood. Very nice Magpie!

ninotaziz said...

Dear Tiel Aisha,

Now this is the poem I wish I had written.

Beautiful beyond words.

So economical yet exploding with meaning.

Arian T said...

very disciplined writing. the repetition says so much about the fact that water is the base of life.

Jingle said...

well defined tale.

Angie Muresan said...

What would we do in a world without water? This is lovely!

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Suz said...

a very thoughtful magpie

Dianne said...

This poem speaks volumes... Very well done...

kathew said...

very thoughtful - well put

Martin H. said...

Without it, we don't exist. This piece should should be framed and hung above every tap.

Brian Miller said...

nicely played. like the ofrma dn repitiion and the message is weel clear...water is life...nice magpie!

Aoife.Troxel said...

Wow, loved the ending. Nice Magpie!

AngelMay said...

Very well done. Much food for thought - or, should I say, water? :)

Tumblewords: said...

How can we ignore this? Excellent reminder.

signed...bkm said...

Excellent piece ....great last line...bkm

Sue J said...

A wonderful piece. Thanks for sharing.

Everyday Goddess said...

oooo, what an ending! this is an amazing magpie!

kavisionz said...

I think this was the best ever tribute to that life giver/life saver/thirst quencher called water!
An amazing post!!!
Thanks for sharing this piece of sheer brilliance!

Menina said...

my favourite magpie about water so far! Very profound in someways while remaining true to the simplicity that water is the basis of life.

willow said...

This is so beautiful. A tribute to water. (it made me thirsty)