WATER/Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads

WATER

Water was not always a concern
It seems to be everywhere
We went to the gulf to play
Float on the river
In inner tubes

As you approached
The grass frosted wet
Calm and peaceful
Splash and laughter

Play on the pier all day
Fish and swim
Jump and splash
There was no concern
For the water
And of course no thought
There would ever be a shortage

Wars over water
Clean fresh water to drink
But there were some who knew
In the west
Where the water
Didn’t run free
There never really was enough

We see now
We see into the future
Our lives have been
Lives of waste
Dumping our waste
Into someone else’s water
Spoiling what was drinkable

May 1, 2018