Water – Heeding Haiku with Ha – July 11, 2015

burning fields
relief from a summer storm
watering the crops

off to the river
the woman carries her jar
to collect water

along the river
green shoots of millet
sprouts after the rain

parched earth
water-less maze of cracks
African summer

G.s.k. ‘15

We open our taps and water flows out … hot or cold!  Filling up a pan for pasta is a flick of the wrist and we’ve a few litres of water on the boil.  We wash our clothes, often daily, as well as ourselves of course.  And let’s not forget our handy flush toilets!

All this is wonderful and for us normal. Not so in many parts of our planet.  Water is one of the most precious resources that we have, believe it or not even more precious than our fast disappearing oil resources – without oil our whole civilization will collapse quickly, that’s true, but without water our life will be unsustainable on this planet.

Living in Africa for nearly ten years has taught me the preciousness of water.  Clean water, water in abundance that doesn’t need to be filtered, that’s right on tap is an impossible dream for many people.

each single drop
earth’s gift of life
sweet water

G.s.k. ‘15

 For more information about Water Scarcity in the world click HERE.

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