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River Water

We all go down to the river
moving past the large crowds 
gladiators, pushing and shoving 
tin cans and jugs
water-skins hanging by rope on flesh 
all are trying to get just 
a small amount, other attempting 
much larger feats. The flaws 
that occur are the consumption 
of two much. Always desiring 
more then is needed. The large 
smorgasbord, the over-weight 
cake, the jug overflowing 
with the River's water. The 
insanity boils over like a pan 
upon the stove, a teapot,
screaming in steamy agony.

A small girl goes pass
the chaos, pass the fancy
jugs and water-skins 
balancing on her innocent hand
a small tin cup, just small
just perfect enough for her. 

Wading into the cool water
she can feel the entire unity
of everything in the cool 
wetness. The people's hands,
feet, jugs and cups all 
unified, submerged in this 
vast ocean. Many try to 
gulp down, greedily abuse
this commons source we 
all must share with each
other. The child is the perfect 
example. Taking enough for 
herself, ignoring all manmade 
obstacles. Truly the
water is much more 
appreciated and sweeter, 
cooler to her young mouth 
then all of their throats 
combined. That is true understanding
of the River.

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