Aqua Poetica – Parts I – IX (Water; Am I)

Aqua Poetica – Parts I – IX

 

I

Water

 

It is a sentence all by itself

Subject, verb and predicate

Water is the stuff of life

Water, Am I

 

Water

 

II

Water

 

Held together in a fragile web

Of membranes, of cell walls

Permeable tissues, some hard

As dense as bone, others soft

As malleable as the wetted

Tongue

Water is me

 

Water

III

Water

 

Two gasses; oxygen,

Hydrogen, elements

Bonded in the valence

The weak electro-link

A current, the energy

Forming the template

Of life’s first moment

 

Water

 

IV

 

Water

 

The crèche within which

Our carbon atoms nest

Metamorphosis…they respire

Become bacteria, and breathe

In water, amoeba, and later

Much later…become we

Creatures, all animated

Appetites, and moving desires

 

Water

 

V

 

Water

 

Without which I am nothing

It defines the extent of me

The parameters of my being

I mean this literally, technically

I take up more and less space

Physically, in direct proportion to

How much water I carry inside of me

My body’s water tells the tale

I plump up as I retain it, and

I wither when it evaporates

 

Water

 

VI

 

Water

 

Healthy when balanced

When well measured it flows

It defines the extent of me, of us

The limits of the flesh, yes

And of where the flesh may go

I cannot live far from it

No human can, neither grass,

Nor tree, not a flower

Or fungus either

 

Water

 

VII

 

Water

 

Some living things are immersed in it

No form of life can live apart from it

That we know of

Every eco-system is formed by it

On our world

Every social-system as well

From the insignificant Bacterium

To us…the word weaving, world

Wandering Homo Sapiens Sapient

 

Water

 

VIII

 

Water

 

There will have to be water

When we fly upward, outward

Fly to the moon, to Mars

We will carry water with us

When we journey to the stars

 

Water

 

IX

 

Water

 

From spring through autumn

I water, my garden every day

From the same pipe I draw

Water to clean, cook, drink

Water my body, warm shower

Water, falling from the spigot

Like the summer rain

 

Water

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