Endless Resource

A lack can cause death,
so can too much.
It can flow in great waves
or to a trickle and such.

Its power is grand
but can clean a newborn.
It encircles our planet
dotting spans to Cape Horn.

Pooling in puddles
it’s fun to jump in
home to great whales
and others with fins.

Rejoicing when it’s plentiful,
we take it for granted.
Those going without rue the
weight they’ve been handed.

Unlike the moon
beaming same on us all,
some places it’s scarce
straining life to a pall.

Life giving fluid essential for
survival, some think it’s rife,
and will forever be abundant
for us and wildlife.

But perhaps we should muse
on whether or not this is true,
be prudent and thoughtful
before we find ourselves through.

Join us at dVerse Poets today for Meeting the Bar with Bjorn where we learn about enjambment. The pub opens at 3PM EST.  http://dversepoets.com/2015/11/05/lets-get-jambin/#comment-102682

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  1. That lack we never feel — until it’s too late.. when the seas are empty and the applies are picked.. we are standing there
    starved. Love what you did here..


  2. Glenn Buttkus

     /  November 5, 2015

    In just most of our lifetimes, we have watched the ocean become filled with garbage, fish wearing plastic six-pack necklaces–while the air itself is rife with carcinogens, & the planet is melting the polar ice, shrinking glaciers, & flooding seaports; yup, we got trouble right here in Ocean City.


  3. Indeed we should be more prudent with our resources! What we find abundant today may not be so abundant in a few years. We need to take care of our earth now before it is too late.


  4. There is no end to the want and thus there is rampant exploitation of resources. We’ve seen a massive hike in the prices of lentils which are an essential part of our vegetarian diet here.
    The impact on the nature is even more brutal. The drinking water is already in short supply. I liked the way you ended your verse, prodding us to think: “be prudent and thoughtful/before we find ourselves through.”


  5. you’ve stated some powerful truths here


  6. Great truths, well stated. Your lines flow so well, for the serious nature of the topic. Well done.


    • I appreciate your comments, De, thanks so much. I ran out of time this week but will be trying my hand at the fun wordplay that I saw so much of…really a great introduction you offered to us all on enjambment.
      Gayle ~


  7. Star

     /  November 5, 2015

    So much truth here, especially in the opening two lines and this:
    “Those going without rue the
    weight they’ve been handed.”


    • That’s the tough part, those that really have so little of this precious part of our lives. Thanks for coming by, Star.
      Gayle ~


  8. Lesson of for
    ever give
    more than
    one takes
    alive so life
    continues on
    with simple


  9. True, true, true. Lovely poem.


  10. straining life to a pall… sigh.. so much truth in this.. we should all be grateful for what life has offered 🙂 Beautifully executed!

    Lots of love,


  11. I was thinking of water and our natural resources and the way we just throw it away like its not important ~ And yes we should be prudent of its use as some really don’t have it at all or have difficulty in getting it ~


  12. I did so enjoy reading this. In this form, enjambment makes sense. You have given me hope to be able to write for this prompt. This is a poem we truly need to pay heed too and it is so wise, so very wise.


  13. I absolutely love water and when a child my parents called me a ‘fish’. I did not require swimming lessons but simply jumped in and swam. A very poignant and thought provoking piece.


  14. I love that you never name it but it’s unmistakeable what the poem is all about. Peace, Linda


  15. “Those going without rue the
    weight they’ve been handed.” –

    marvellous paradox in a thought-provoking poem that is so well versed


  16. We just don’t realize how close we are to losing it all. Wonderful and calling poem!


  17. Inmy neck of the woods summer is never long enough. You can have our mid-40s to 50s.


  18. This piece stood pout for me:

    “Unlike the moon
    beaming same on us all,”

    I enjoyed reading you…thank you!



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