Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country*

This poem was published by New Verse News on their August 20th 2014 post but it remains as relevant as ever with California's drought continuing and finding water for some cities near emergency status.

Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country*

“Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.” John Maynard Keynes

“a state
experiencing the third driest
year on record”
“this industry
has very successfully
turned a public resource
into a private enterprise”
“But still,
the question remains:
why Americans across the country
drink bottled water
from drought stricken

my mother’s milk - bless her old teats
up for private speculation and public offering
flaccid wrinkled worn - and still unregulated
best to get them - the definition of insanity
while they’re still hot

the invisible hand of the market that moves
always was
and was not my father’s
open palm of pain directing
the way toward some fictional future goodness
or goddamn quiet
the need in his mind like a thought
too loud to be drowned out only dimmed
by the light of a tv in a darkened room
or the screaming complaints of self-righteous
demanding its their turn to choose

All quotes from the

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I run a local poetry group in Champaign Illinois - We meet weekly to discuss, create and share poetry in order to build community through the power and practice of poetry.