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


12 thoughts on “WATER/Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads

  1. Potent! Sigh people need to learn the importance of preserving water before it’s too late. Thank you for writing to the prompt, Annell 💜

  2. Yes, life without care, child’s play, but then we must all grow up…and learn how to care about others and the world in which we live.


  3. When I was child there was so little waste for plastic wrapping was virtually unknown. Fruit and vegetables were placed in paper bags or straight into you own carry bags and baskets and meat was wrapped in paper. Sadly we have not advanced much over those years years except perhaps in hygiene but at what cost!

    1. Yes, we have, perhaps it has been the summer of life, and it is not what we leave for those who come after us. Interesting word, carefree (free of care.)

  4. Life and our planet will never be the same. We are appointed to be takers and we are doing a horrible job. Literally destroying it, especially now with ISIS like hate and destruction of the prior group of caretakers’ careful work.

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